New state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Hawarden will enable LCA Controls to significantly boost productivity and supports the company’s ambitious growth plans. 

Manufacturing and engineering specialists to consolidate existing Runcorn and Ewloe sites into the new location, and is earmarking a major new jobs push in the region in early 2018 

Engineering firm, LCA Controls, is moving to a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Hawarden, North Wales, as part of plans to dramatically boost productivity and support the company’s ambitious growth.

The move to Hawarden Industrial Park will be marked with a special launch event on January 19, where Ken Skates, Assembly Member for Clwyd South and Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport, will cut the ribbon on the new building.

The move will also see the firm renamed as LCA Group and mean the consolidation of the two existing LCA Controls sites – in Runcorn and Ewloe - under one roof, enabling the company to significantly expand its service offer to customers around the globe.

The new facility is based on the site of the former Davies Bakery, just a stone’s throw from Airbus and Hawarden Airport where more than 230 Lancaster bombers and 5,500 Wellingtons were built during WW2. In tribute to the famous aircraft, the new building will be named Gibson House, after Guy Gibson who famously led the 1943 Dambusters raid.

As part of the move and to cope with increasing demand from customers around the globe, LCA Controls is seeking experienced control panel wiring experts and will set out on a wider recruitment drive for a range of new roles at the company during January and February 2018.

According to LCA’s Managing Director, Alan Sheppard, the 35-year old electrical and engineering firm has earmarked 2018 as a critical year for the business.

“This new manufacturing facility – combined with our investment in new manufacturing and design innovation – means we start 2018 with a clear vision for growth,” he said. 

“Everyone at LCA Controls is excited about the future. We’re delighted to be able to retain our experienced, committed team as part of the move, and we hope many more people will join us during 2018 as we now have the capacity to expand our workforce as part of the move to Hawarden.”

The announcement comes just a few weeks after LCA announced it is to invest almost half a million pounds in new “UK first” 3D design and manufacturing technology.

The investment in the new Rittal Automation Systems 3D laser machining centre – the only one of its type in the UK and one of only seven similar machines in the world – will enable LCA Controls to dramatically boost production of its leading stainless steel control panels.

Traditionally made by hand by experienced electrical engineers, who will all be retained as part of the move to Hawarden, the manufacture of LCA’s leading control panels is essential in a range of industries including nuclear, food manufacturing, power generation, water and utilities, oil and gas and pharmaceutical.

“It’s a really exciting time for the business and we’ve received some fantastic advice and support from Business Wales and the Welsh Government to get us to this point,” Alan added. “It’s a great environment to do business, and an attractive place for our people and our business to flourish.”

Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport Ken Skates said: “The Welsh Government is passionate about growing our economy. As demonstrated in our new Economic Action Plan, we are full of fresh ideas to bring prosperity and security to industry and our communities. 

“We have to make sure that we keep selling ourselves to the world and we tell the world that Wales is a great place to invest in. Wales is very much open for business.”

Colin Brew, Chief Executive of the West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce added: “News of LCA Controls’ decision to locate in Hawarden is a fabulous boost for the region’s economy, bringing much needed opportunities for our young people and cementing the role of North Wales as a leader in the advanced manufacturing sector.”

The investment in the new facility will mean LCA Controls can deliver more control panels, faster, better, more efficiently for customers across the world. It will also be able to service higher volume orders, or rapid turnaround of bulk orders – including next day delivery - from the new year.

“And we can do all this without compromising on the quality we’re famous for,” Alan added. “We have some incredible people, doing amazing things. Add to that a facility that it fit for purpose and fit for our growth, and the innovation investment to support them, and we see 2018 as a very important year for us.

“We are an ambitious team and we hope this investment will set us apart from our competition in the UK market.”

The new Rittal Automation Systems machine was installed at the new Hawarden facility over the Christmas period.

More details about the company’s recruitment in January and February will be announced early in the New Year.