First Industrial to develop new engineering hub for Chicago-based manufacturer

Hydraulic manufacturing company, HydraForce, are to create hundreds of jobs at their new manufacturing facility in Birmingham. The company’s new European Headquarters is being delivered by industrial development specialist, First Industrial. HydraForce, which already employs 280 people in the City, plans to almost double this number after confirming it will build it’s new factory at the Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston, Birmingham rather than in America.

The project, which recently secured grant funding of £1.8 million from the Regional Growth Fund, is an important milestone for Birmingham’s strategy for growth. HydraForce’s Managing Director, Peter Macdonald, explains "As part of the consideration there was a review about whether Birmingham is the right place, and whether it might be better to do business in the US or China, but this decision was supported by the business and the Regional Growth Fund. The new headquarters will see investment in new machinery, research and laboratory facilities."

Oliver Bertram, Development Director at First Industrial remarks “We are clearly very pleased to be developing HydraForce’s new European Headquarters, especially given the number of long-term, high quality engineering jobs it secures for the Midlands. This move will see HydraForce become the first occupier at the Advanced Manufacturing Hub and we very much look forward to working with other customers on the site.”

The new 120,000 sq. ft facility will provide a new manufacturing floor, along with 20,000 sq. ft of purpose built offices and amenity space.

Chris Tolley at HydraForce said "The challenge for us is that we are not as well known in the UK as other engineering businesses, but when people come in and see our business, they are impressed. We are confident we will find the right people in Birmingham and we will look to develop new talent by creating a graduate scheme."

Councillor Tahir Ali at Birmingham City Council remarked “This decision is testament to the strength of the City’s manufacturing sector and shows that our approach of targeting key growth sectors at particular sites continues to deliver new jobs and investment. We will be working closely with the company to ensure that the 200 new job opportunities are targeted at local people.”

Construction of the new facility is now well underway with completion due in summer 2015. Jones Lang LaSalle advised HydraForce and Savills advised the landowner.

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