A timber firm based in Thrapston for more than 90 years is set to leave the area in a move to the West Midlands.
Scotts of Thrapston has been based in the town since it was founded in 1920, but last year the firm warned it may be forced to leave the area if it could not get planning permission to build a supermarket on its present site.
At the time, the firm said it could only fund a move to new premises in or near Thrapston by earning planning permission at its present home – but in the end planners approved a supermarket site elsewhere in Thrapston.
The new company – Scotts Timber Engineering Ltd – has set up design and management offices in Shirley, near Solihiull, while its new manufacturing facility is being established.
A spokesman for the firm said: “Once commissioned, the new factory will enjoy the benefits of the latest thinking in machinery and production planning, leading to the creation of around 20 jobs in the early phases.”
The company specialises in timber engineering, taking the benefits of environmentally friendly timber as a construction material and exploiting its strengths.
The new company is being headed up by Richard Evans who has more than 25 years’ experience in the industry.
Product is initially being manufactured at the parent company’s six acre site in Northamptonshire, but shortly all manufacturing for the new company will be at an undisclosed site to the south of Birmingham.
The firm’s chairman David Scott said the move follows five years of unprecedented growth in Scotts truss and joist business, culminating in the company’s best ever year in 2011.
He added: “We feel confident that the house building market will turn a corner in the not too distant future and we wish to be prepared to make the most of that when it happens. Demand for Scotts products has never been stronger and we feel now is the right time to invest and expand.”
Managing director Richard Evans added: “It is a very exciting opportunity to start with a blank sheet of paper whilst having the resource of a long established company as support. It is refreshing in the current climate to be involved with a forward thinking team who have confidence in the West Midlands.”