Lancashire

Burnley window maker VEKA plc creates 100 jobs

Aerial view of VEKA factory in Burnley
Image caption The company has had a production base in Burnley for 25 years

A Lancashire window frame maker is to create 100 jobs over the next year in the county, when it relocates part of its West Midlands operation.

VEKA plc bought one of its rivals, Bowater Building Products in Sutton Coldfield, in June.

Some of the work done by Bowater will be moved to Burnley.

VEKA said it would look to redeploy as many West Midlands workers as possible, but it could not confirm at this stage there would be no job losses.

Relocation Day

It currently employs 150 people in Burnley and will initially look to fill warehouse and distribution positions, followed by production jobs.

The main door-making business will be staying in the West Midlands and some of its Lancashire equipment will be moved there.

The company could not yet confirm the number of workers who would be expected to make the move.

"We hope to attract a lot of people to Burnley.

"We're holding two relocation days where we're showing people around the site and the benefits of the town," Gabriela Hammond, Human Resources Manager for VEKA said.

"Burnley is a lovely part of the world - there's lots to do, the countryside, football."

The German-founded company set up a production base in Burnley 25 years ago starting with 30 employees.

It is one of the world's biggest manufacturers of extruded PVC-U products, with 17 factories in 15 countries.

The UK arm extrudes PVC-U for windows, doors, screen walling and other construction products.

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