Work has started on a new business site to bring 100 jobs to Rossendale
Futures Business Park in Bacup will see the vacant Plot 5, near to Lee Quarry, transformed into the site for an international factory.
The building will be a manufacturing facility for Orthoplastics, which is a world leader in the development and supply of implantable medical devices for the orthopaedic sector, involving musculo-skeletal issues.
The official opening is expected to take place in Spring 2020 and the development is being completed in partnership with Orthoplastics, Barnfield Construction and Rossendale Borough Council.
It is thought there will be 100 jobs created in the local community over the next few years with the opening of the facility.
The start of building work was marked by the partners on the site.
Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of Rossendale Borough Council, said: “We are working hard to build a really healthy, proud and vibrant Rossendale and this new opportunity is great news. I can’t wait to see the work start in earnest.”
Councillor Jackie Oakes, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “This plot of land has been ripe for development and I am thrilled that Orthoplastics and Barnfield are coming in to help develop this area even more. The number of jobs it is going to bring in is wonderful news and this is an important part of our hard work to build on business and development opportunities in the borough.”
Tim Webber, Chairman and Managing Director of Barnfield Construction, said: “We’re really pleased to be developing the brand new manufacturing facility for such a prestigious world leader in the supply and innovation of medical products within the orthopaedic sector. Orthoplastics business and job creation potential will be a welcome addition to the Rossendale economy.”
Mark Allen, Managing Director of Orthoplastics, said: “Innovation is at the heart of the future of UK manufacturing, and this factory will provide our customers with the confidence in our long-term investments strategy, whilst demonstrating our strategic partnership and commitment.”