Tyne & Wear

Barbour expands South Shields production to create 60 jobs

Wax jacket manufacturer Barbour has announced expansion plans which it says will create 60 jobs.

A South Tyneside-based firm, which had a turnover of £122m in 2011, is to open a new production line at its factory in South Shields.

The firm, which employs 500 workers in Gateshead and South Shields and a further 200 internationally, said 25 of the posts will be for machinists.

It is holding a recruitment day at South Shields Town Hall on March 15.

Barbour finance director Brenda Redmond-Bell said: "Our expansion is within our South Shields factory to make wax cotton jackets for our international market.

"So that will be 25 machinists and staff for our Gateshead warehouse. It is a really good success story for the North East that Barbour is such a popular brand.

"We are very proud of our heritage and that we are still in the North East."

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