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WEC Group invests £10 million for Europe’s largest subcontract heavy machining and nuclear fabrication facility

WEC Group has announced the commencement of construction on a new state-of-the-art, 60,000 sq. ft heavy machining and nuclear fabrication facility in Walker Park, Blackburn.

This new development marks a significant milestone in the group’s ongoing expansion strategy.

The new division, is set to become one of the largest subcontract machining facilities in Europe.

Located adjacent to the company’s existing WEC Machining facility as well as the group’s recently inaugurated Apprentice Academy, this new purpose-built development will support the UK’s industrial capabilities in key sectors such as nuclear, defence, offshore, and general engineering.

Steve Fitzpatrick, CEO of machining at WEC Group (pictured left) said: “Our £10 million investment in WEC Heavy Machining and Nuclear Fabrication underscores our ongoing commitment to adding value to our customers’ supply chains and this consolidates our position in the UK’s number 1 subcontract manufacturing company.

“With this new facility, we are not only expanding our capacity but also enhancing our overall ability to deliver turnkey solutions for large and oversized projects.”

The facility will be equipped with six large CNC machining centres, capable of handling components up to 20 meters in length and five meters in diameter, significantly expanding the Group’s existing capabilities, which already include three large Correa Axia’s and an Asquith Butler travelling column large milling machines already in place within the group’s existing Blackburn and Darwen facilities.

Steve Hartley, group managing director, (pictured right) said: “This expansion is a pivotal part of our strategy to maintain and extend our leadership in the subcontract manufacturing industry.

“We are proud to invest in not only our company’s future but also in the economic growth of Blackburn and the wider region.”

WEC Heavy Machining and Nuclear Fabrication facility is expected to create 60 new jobs including 10 additional Machining apprentices, further supporting the local community and strengthening the skilled workforce trained at WEC’s Apprentice Academy.

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