Certex UK, the Doncaster-headquartered supplier to the international wind energy market, is expanding its renewables and lifting operations in the Humber region with a new office and workshop in Hull.
As part of its expansion plans, Certex also unveiled long-term investment in the local community.
The company said the new facility is fundamental to its support plans for the burgeoning offshore wind energy market.
Certex’s specialist inspectors travel across the country and Europe, working offshore and on-shore. The Hull office and workshop location will co-ordinate work undertaken to ensure all turbine installations and safety precautions adhere to UK legislation.
The new location will be the company’s eighth in the UK, with another in Huddersfield. Its sister company, Peter Harbo, serves the renewable sector in and around Denmark.
“We are really pleased to be expanding the business into Hull, especially during this significant year for the city,” said Jim Donelan, Business Development Manager at Certex UK.
He added: “Providing jobs and training to the local workforce is important to us as a business, and we are confident the Hull community can support us in our service to the wind industry and other businesses in the area.”
Certex is amongst the first support businesses to commit to new investment since the Humber region saw a significant boost of £310 million into the wind turbine industry, creating up to 1,000 jobs directly, with additional jobs during construction and indirectly in the supply chain.
The investment will provide a huge boost to the UK’s offshore wind industry as well as the Humber region.
The company is planning to employ and train local labour for the new branch, which will see a recruitment drive for on-shore vacancies as well as off-shore roles. In addition to providing support to Hull’s recently bolstered wind energy market, Certex will also provide same day service on stocked specialist lifting products to its local customers.