Search for staff to fill new Unison factory

Alan Pickering, left, managing director of Unison, the engineering and manufacturing company based in Eastfield, with some of the staff, outside their new factory premises on Thornborough Road. The business is recruiting as it expands in 2013.  the Photo by Andrew Higgins 130201a    07/01/2013
Alan Pickering, left, managing director of Unison, the engineering and manufacturing company based in Eastfield, with some of the staff, outside their new factory premises on Thornborough Road. The business is recruiting as it expands in 2013. the Photo by Andrew Higgins 130201a 07/01/2013

A recruitment drive is being spearheaded at a Scarborough manufacturer as the businesses doubles the size of its premises.

Tube bending specialist Unison is in the process of moving from leased premises in Olympia Trading Estate to its very own factory in Thornborough Road.

The move, which coincides with Unison’s 40th anniversary, also spells the start of a recruitment process as the business looks to fulfil is growing order book.

Managing director Alan Pickering said: “We have experienced significant growth over the last two years, so not only were we getting to the stage of the lease running out, we were needing more space.

“We have been considering a move for a while and first looked at building our own premises but that proved uneconomical.

“We became aware of this site and thought it was ideally situated for Unison going forward.

“It is a big step in the long term growth plan of the business. The site is big enough for us to expand into as we currently only fill a third of the site.”

Unison workers are now on site clearing the building, which used to be a pet supply wholesaler, opposite Pindar Scarborough.

Office staff are due to move to the new site next month with machinery making the trip in March.

The business hopes to be fully operational in its new factory by April, with an official launch in June.

Non-executive director Peter Wilkinson said: “We are going to be able to boast one of the finest manufacturing facilities in the region.

“Unison made a big impression in the USA and India in particular. We have an order book to die for and one reason for the move is that it will enable us to increase production and subsequent headcount.”

And the new larger, 20,000sq ft premises are going to be put to use over coming months as Unison begins work on an order to build the world’s largest all electric tube bending machine.