BRC Manufacturing, the supplier of steel reinforcement and associated products for concrete, is investing £4m into their site at Barugh Green.
The works, scheduled to be complete in May 2023, include a new automatic wire mesh line, which will improve the site’s capacity by 65%, increase tonnage by 45,000 and help improve throughput by 50%.
The investment will replace some machinery up to 40 years old with fully digital automated robotic lines to help provide laser-guided AI options to help improve productivity and visualisation.
In addition to this work, they have planted several trees at their site as part of their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals. The Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor Sarah-Jane Tattersall, was given a site tour last week.
Councillor Robert Frost, Cabinet spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: “It’s excellent news for Barnsley that BRC Manufacturing is making this significant investment into their site at Barugh Green.
“It is a big commitment to the borough and shows that Barnsley is a great place for manufacturing businesses to operate and grow.
“I wish BRC the best of luck and continued success moving forward.”
Paul Mason, operation manager at BRC Manufacturing, added: “We have exciting and challenging times preparing the facility for the new machines coming later this year.
“It’s a great opportunity for everyone at BRC to be involved in the project and work with the most current, up-to-date mesh welding and cold rolling line machines.
“We will increase the workforce as we move to a three-shift plan towards the end of the year.
“While health and safety and improving our factory to create a safe workplace where employee welfare is our top priority, we also want to create a greener factory environment. In addition to the fact that 98% of our product is made using recycled materials, we have also planted 133 trees on site to reduce our carbon footprint.”