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Halton MP visits Hutchinson Engineering factory

a Hutchinson MP 091An MP viewed cutting edge technology for wind turbines and phone masts during a visit to a leading engineering company.
Derek Twigg, the Labour MP for Halton, visited Hutchinson Engineering in Widnes to tour the company’s new £5 million factory.

The business, which opened its state of the art premises last year, is the only UK manufacturer of mid-wind turbine towers. It has also designed and manufactured structures for the telecommunications industry for more than fifteen years and prides itself on its innovative and aesthetically pleasing designs. Its radio equipment is housed within very slim structures, and in a range of sizes and colours to fit into any landscape.

Officials at the company say Mr Twigg was intrigued by the size of the towers and the way they were made and was interested in Hutchinson’s plans for growth. The company, which already employs 93 people and three apprentices, is looking to take on more. When the new 4,500sq m factory was opened last summer 25 new jobs were created.

During his visit the MP toured the factory with Business Development Manager Neal Scrivener, and commercial director Steve Adams. He also met workshop manager Lee Thomas who has worked at Hutchinson for 18 years after starting out as a fabricator.
Neal said: “We are very busy at the moment, with our mid wind towers proving very popular, and we are rolling out our latest street works structure designs for the 4G networks across Britain.”

Lee added: “We’ve got a really good team here. The fact that over 30 per cent of our workforce have been with the company more than a decade is testament to that.”

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Published: April 5, 2015

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