Roofing manufacturer set to double workforce at new factory

A new manufacturing company founded at the height of the coronavirus pandemic is on the fastest path to growth from its new factory base in Bromsgrove.

Cardinal Steels, founded by Managing Director Jake Broadhurst, specializes in the manufacture of steel cladding and roofing for industrial and commercial customers across the UK and is aiming to double its workforce just weeks after moving to the new factory.

Broadhurst said, “We needed manufacturing facilities and we saw the Aston Road location in a newspaper ad in January. We got in touch with Ben Truslove at John Truslove and were able to look around a few hours later.

“We realized that it was ideal, and we would have to come a very long way to find something that is so good for our purposes. We got the deal done in a matter of days; Ben and the team moved very quickly to help us fix the problem. “

Ben Truslove, joint managing director of John Truslove, has signed a lease with Cardinal Steels for the lessor UKF Group, under which the manufacturing company leases the 15,902 factory unit at 22 Aston Road in Bromsgrove with an option to buy for five years.

The property offers production and storage space as well as offices and is equipped with a 5-ton rail crane.

The new company serves the industrial, commercial and agricultural industries and works on everything from stables and farm buildings to large industrial areas.

Broadhurst said, “Right now there is tremendous demand. Many of our competitors closed while on vacation in Covid, so we were able to start a lot of work early. The biggest challenge is the shortage of steel, as so many manufacturers closed in the past year and the price of materials has skyrocketed.

“We started with four people in the factory, but we’re looking for more people on site to hire. We need another four or five skilled manufacturing engineers to meet the demand. “

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