A town’s first purpose-built commercial unit for 60 years has been officially opened.
The ribbon was cut at Steelco’s offices and warehouse, Rothwell, by town council chairman Alan Mills this afternoon (Friday, April 25).
Steelco, which is situated at Sandy Hill on Lamport Road, manufactures office seating and steel storage products to more than 150 dealers nationwide. It also provides a furniture re-upholstery service.
Its new 6,000 sq ft building includes air-source heat pumps, rainwater harvesting and is to have solar panels fitted soon – features which bosses say makes it one of the greenest commercial buildings in the area.
Cllr Mills said the expansion was good news for the town and would provide more employment opportunities in future for a town whose population is rapidly increasing.
He said: “I feel it’s a big day for Rothwell. We had employment in the shoe industry and welding equipment years ago, but since then we’ve lost that and industry has gone away.
“It’s good that we are keeping employment in the town – people won’t have to travel to work.”
Cllr Mills also said the fact the business is based away from the town itself meant the new building did not compromise the heritage of the market town.
Steelco, which began trading in 1998, currently employs 14 people, but its managing director Paul Gunnett said he hoped that number would increase thanks to the opening of the new premises.
He added: “We’ve recently moved into these fantastic new premises.
“It’s really going to allow us to kick on for the future and hopefully it will allow us to employ more local people.”