Cooney Marine’s extension – planned for three years and further delayed due to the covid-19 pandemic – is to get underway next month.
The new 9,000 sq ft extension, will be the largest expansion in the firm’s history and will incorporate a state-of-the-art production facility and a high-tech design and technology centre at its main base in Kettering.
“After a difficult decision in March where we furloughed 70 staff in Kettering and 30 in Poole, I couldn’t be happier,” said company MD James Cooney. “To finally get underway with this extension is great news.”
And he added: “We have managed to un-furlough more than 95% of our staff and our orderbooks have returned to a good level considering the pandemic.
“We have awarded the build contract to a local company, so it is great to put something back and help to get the economy going again.”
The additional space will be used to manufacture high-quality railings and parts for superyachts around the world.
The demand for the extension follows on from Cooney Marine founding its internal training academy last year that has been EAL approved, with the company having its own certification status.
“We have had great success in training our apprentices to fully skilled engineers and have now started to reap the rewards at our sister company Cooney South in Poole Dorset,” said James.
And he added that the company has even more good news with the recruitment of apprentices and skilled rolls, from design to welding and polishing over the two sites.
Cooney Marine is a manufacturer of stainless-steel boat fitting and railings in the UK and has a sister company Cooney South in Poole.
The companies have a combined turnover of just under £9m and process more than 5km of stainless-steel tube each month.
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