TRW is to create 130 Sunderland jobs
Automotive supply chain business TRW is creating 130 jobs at its Sunderland plant in a move which highlights the strengths of the facility, the plant manager told Insider.
The company is doubling the factory floor space to cope with expected demand from international clients for a new technology developed in the city.
Sunderland City Council is investing £4.6m in US-owned TRW’s extension at the company’s Rainton Bridge site.
Plant manager Tim Jayes told Insider the Sunderland plant has performed consistently for a number of years: "We have proven that we can deliver and that's a good message for the workforce.
"The investment means job security for the plant and an extra 130 jobs for the local community. We can now start building the latest technology TRW has to offer."
The jobs will be added to the current Sunderland workforce of 200 over the next two years, beginning in the second half of 2015. When asked if the figure will stay at 130, Jayes added: "There are always opportunities for TRW. It'll depend on our performance whether or not we get that opportunity.
"From management right down to the shop floor, we will do everything possible to make sure this extension is full of brand new work for employment in the area."
The project, which will be completed next year, has also won £1.95m from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to equip the new building with extra production and assembly facilities.
"We are not currently seeking anymore RGF funding," said Jayes. "We have to deliver on what we have already been given."
Regarding the jobs, councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: "Sunderland is known for the outstanding quality of its workforce and to see that recognised on a global scale by a multinational company like TRW can only help to promote the city as a centre for inward investment.
"We have worked with TRW since the company arrived in Sunderland and look forward to continuing our mutually beneficial relationship for many years to come."