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Electronics firm Plexus to create 130 jobs in Bathgate

The Pyramids Business Park, in Bathgate
Image caption Plexus is due to open its new Bathgate site in February

US-based electronics firm Plexus has unveiled plans to create 130 new jobs in West Lothian.

The £9m expansion will establish a new European centre for design and electronic manufacturing at the Pyramids business park in Bathgate.

A spokesman for Plexus said the new facility, which is due to open in February, would complement the plant which it already operates in Kelso.

The plans will receive up to £1m of support through Scottish Enterprise.

Local economy

First Minister Alex Salmond said the investment would be especially welcome after the loss of the Vion jobs in Broxburn.

Mr Salmond said: "Plexus' decision to invest £9m in expanding their Scottish operations will provide a welcome boost to the local economy, creating 130 new jobs and a new design, prototyping and manufacturing facility in Bathgate.

"The Scottish government and our enterprise agencies are focused on securing new jobs and investment, and Plexus' expansion plans will receive up to £1m of support through Scottish Enterprise.

"News that this international design and manufacturing firm is stepping up its Scottish operations is testament to the quality and skills of the West Lothian workforce and reinforces Scotland's reputation for excellence in innovation and manufacturing."

The company's regional president, Steve Frisch, said: "Plexus' ability to provide full product realisation solutions within the UK market has attracted several new customers.

"This increasing demand is the fuel for the expansion of our UK operations.

"This demand sends a very positive signal that companies need a UK-based solution for the design and manufacturing of their low-to-mid volume, higher complexity products."

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