Hundreds of manufacturing jobs are expected to head to Doncaster through investment of ‘national significance’

Hundreds of manufacturing jobs are expected to head to Doncaster through an imminent investment of ‘national significance,’ according to economic development officials.

Saturday, 10th April 2021, 5:08 pm

The head of Doncaster Council’s economic investment arm, Business Doncaster, has revealed the project is in the pipeline in a message about the borough’s manufacturing economic base.

He also said manufacturers were in talks over some of the space on the Unity Project development, near junction five of the M18 and the former Hatfield Colliery site.

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The new link road in Stainforth, which now joins the village to the M18. Picture: NDFP-05-01-21-StainforthLinkRoad 5-NMSY

Chris Dungworth, head of Business Doncaster, said in a message he published on social media: “In the not too distant future, with our assistance, we will see a new inward investment of national significance announced which will bring hundreds of new manufacturing jobs to Doncaster.”

No more details were revealed on the plans.

He said that for too long it had been said that Doncaster had lost its manufacturing and engineering identity, and some had described the borough as a town full of logistics sheds with low level employment, since losing ICI, International Harvesters, Ford, and Crompton Lighting

He said manufacturing and engineering was still alive, well and thriving in Doncaster, manufacturing world-class goods that were sold and used on world renowned structures and products globally such as Ardagh Glass, Polypipe, Pegler, and Bridon Bearkart, as well as rail engineering firms.

Some Doncaster based small and medium sized firms were growing, such as Agemaspark at Kirk Sandall, Firma Engineering in Balby and Hallam Castings in Thorne.

He said: “New industries and emerging technology companies are establishing themselves in the town. Companies such as Clean Power Hydrogen in Wheatley are developing and manufacturing green hydrogen technology products to be used across the world and Energise Energy Solutions, based at Finningley, is a leading specialist in electric vehicle charging points and are expanding rapidly.

“There are many more examples of companies situated on business parks across the whole of the town that go under the radar.”

“We are excited about our future and about new manufacturing, engineering and green jobs coming to Doncaster. We have a platform for growth second to none and a team ready to help and make a positive difference.”

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