Dozens of new jobs as Wakefield electrical equipment firm makes its move

ELECTRICAL equipment manufacturer and distributor OE Electrics is creating nearly 150 jobs by doubling the size of its operations in Wakefield.

The company has moved into a custom-built 66,000 sq ft site at Calder Park in Durkar as it diversifies to new markets.

OE House contains the firm’s warehousing, distributing and research and development operations.

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The £9m project received £500,000 of funding from a business growth programme run by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Group managing director David Masters said: “This investment from the LEP and other sources has not only enabled us to double our operations, it also means we can supply to new sectors. We initially only supplied electrical equipment to offices but we are now able to look to the education, healthcare, leisure and passenger transport markets.

“We manufacture in Australia too and export to the Middle East, America and currently a small part of Europe. We’re now developing a European distribution network to hopefully expand our operations in this region and expect this to be a large area of growth, despite Brexit.”

The firm is aiming to bring in the majority of its new recruits from the West Yorkshire area. A scheme that will create at least 10 apprentice roles is also in the pipeline.

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