Alpha Rail invests £800k in new factory

March 2, 2017 5:15 pm

External view of new Alpha rail premises

Metal railings and gates manufacturer Alpha Rail has moved to a new bespoke factory, investing over £800k in refurbishments.  Employing in excess of 40 staff with an annual turnover of £3m, the company needed to expand.

Expansion

Previously based in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, the company had outgrown its old premises.  Indeed, over the years Alpha Rail had expanded office capacity using temporary buildings.  These were no longer fit for purpose.  Therefore in late 2015, the directors decided to invest in the company’s future growth and relocate to a site better representing the quality of their end product.

Finance Director Mark Sipson commented: “It’s fair to say that our old premises had become very dilapidated.  And it was getting quite embarrassing when visitors came to see us.  The new factory has been designed to streamline workflow in order to help increase both productivity and business efficiency. We are delighted with our new environment, also benefiting from the latest in environmentally efficient heating and lighting systems.”

New facility

The new factory is located on Nunn Brook Rise on The County Estate in Huthwaite.  Built in 1984, it initially comprised four separate units.  Alpha Rail has since developed the site to create one open plan unit, now providing over 16,000 sq ft of floor space and two storey office space.

In total, over £800,000 has been invested.  This covered factory floor reconfiguration to accommodate metalworking machinery and dedicated areas for each fabricating process.  Furthermore modern staff canteen and locker areas have also been installed.  The interior fit-out has provided a reception area; new meeting rooms; bright and airy offices for the estimating team and CAD technicians, finance, sales and admin staff; as well as easy to access archive storage areas.

Externally investment has been made in providing level and easily accessible concreted storage areas for both raw steel and finished metalwork. This ensures products can be safely and efficiently transported in and out of the factory.  And loaded onto lorries for onward delivery for installation at sites across the UK.

Quality

Alpha Rail Sales Director Phil Ball added: “The new factory now reflects the quality of the end product we manufacture.  The increase in production capacity and speed with which we can now put metalwork through each fabrication process will enable us to promote our expertise further.  This will hopefully increase the number of commercial projects we do for public sector organisations, building contractors, landscape architects, building and civil engineers, fencing and landscaping contractors.”

Funding to purchase the factory and complete the refurbishments was arranged by Alan Mele, Relationship Director at Barclays.  He said: “I am delighted that we have been able to support the company in the next phase of their development and look forward to working with them in the future as they implement their growth plan.”

A moving experience

Alpha Rail’s story is not unusual.  Increasingly more and more companies are finding that they need to move as their current premises are no longer fit for purpose.  This is exactly where the Invest Ashfield & Mansfield team can help.  Either use our online property search or contact us to find out more about our free and confidential commercial property search service.  What’s more, we also offer a number of grants that could also benefit your business.

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