The construction of South East Galvanizers' £5.5 million facility in Witham has entered its final stages, with the new plant set for its official opening in just a few weeks’ time.
Building work on South East Galvanizers’ new factory on the town’s Crittal Road Industrial Estate, which began last December, has progressed smoothly, with the latest phase seeing the installation of specialist equipment including the galvanizing furnace and kettle, along with a state-of-the-art 10.5 metre-long galvanizing bath, which will provide an increased capacity compared to the existing bath, which is 9.5 metres long.
The new facility, which is expected to be officially up and running in November, will also incorporate a raft of environmentally-friendly features, such as photovoltaic panels to generate electricity on-site, and a rainwater harvesting system that will reduce the need for mains supply.
South East Galvanizers, which is part of Wedge Group Galvanizing, has been based in Witham since the 1960s and employs more than 60 people. While the building work on its new plant is being carried out, the company is continuing to operate as usual from its existing facilities, also on the Crittal Road Industrial Estate.
David Knight, General Manager of South East Galvanizers, commented: “It’s extremely exciting that we are now into the finishing straight with the construction work, and the team can’t wait to move into our new home in a few weeks time. Huge thanks must be given to the main building contractor R G Carter, who we have worked closely with throughout to ensure the project has had a minimal impact on both the plant’s day-to-day operations and the wider community.”