Accessory manufacturer Rhino Products has announced it is building a new factory to facilitate further growth.
Construction of the new 87,250sqft factory will begin within the next few weeks, with the opening scheduled for early 2019.
The new factory will feature custom designed production areas, offices and staff facilities.
The firm, which has a product range including van roof bars, roof racks, ladder handling systems, steps and rear door ladders, says its existing 55,000sqft factory at Deeside Industrial Park, seven miles from the new site, will remain open, taking its total floor space to more than 175,000sqft.
Rhino says the new site will support continued product and service development for its customers in the UK, Europe and growing export markets.
The announcement comes almost a year after the news that Rhino had completed the acquisition of AVS Steps, a manufacturer of manual and electric side access steps for taxis, minibuses, ambulances and mobility vehicles.
Having incorporated production of all AVS Steps product lines into the Deeside site through investment in an extension to an existing mezzanine floor and the introduction of an additional lean lift to optimise storage, order processing and dispatch, the company says it is now coming close to outgrowing the facility, which also ships orders for customers of all three of its European sites and wider export markets.
Managing director Steve Egerton said: “The next few years are looking extremely positive for the business. With five companies in the group and staff levels at a record high of 125 people across all divisions, we are moving from strength to strength by supporting our customers with sector-leading products and support.
“Our customers recognise Rhino as industry leaders because of the quality and passion of our team and it is through our shared belief and determination that we will make the opening of our new factory another rousing Rhino success.”