Jobs boost for Sherburn as kitchen firm invests in site

Nigel Adams MP with  Clare Ellis and Colin McMillan look at the plans for the new Ultima Furniture manufacturing facility. (S)
Nigel Adams MP with Clare Ellis and Colin McMillan look at the plans for the new Ultima Furniture manufacturing facility. (S)

A £10million factory is to be established in Sherburn-in-Elmet creating about 150 people.

MP Nigel Adams welcomed the news from Ultima Kitchens who will take about a year to set up the manufacturing facility on the 10 acre site alongside Bishop Dyke Road.

The MP for Selby and Ainsty said: “On behalf of Sherburn in Elmet and Selby District I am delighted to welcome Ultima and look forward to the day when production starts.

“Furniture manufacturing has become a high tech business and it brings with it a need for highly skilled jobs, creating new opportunities for employment and for careers with a growth company.”

The factory, which has been empty for around five years, will now be completely refurbished.

Within days of completing the purchase Ultima started to clear the site to prepare it for the installation of state-of-the-art furniture manufacturing machinery.

The total cost to set up this new factory will be over £10 million and production is expected to start early in 2015, with further plans already in place for a further 90,000 square foot within the next two years on adjoining land.

Colin McMillan of Ultima said: “We are delighted with this factory, it is ideally located and provides us with the space we need for our expansion plans.

“The response we have had to our plans have been very positive.”

The company takes great pride in employing local staff and in using local suppliers.

One of their reasons for choosing Sherburn for their expansion plan was that there was such a wide range of companies on the industrial estate.

Orders have already been placed with Kingspan, their new next door neighbour, for insulated roofing and external cladding panels. Emmerson Doors, for high quality industrial doors and electrical work is being carried out by local companies – emphasising the commitment to working with surrounding businesses.

“The plans for the factory are very ambitious and when completed the factory will produce bespoke kitchens to individual customer orders,” said Mr Adams.

Ultima was founded by Alf Ellis in Barnsley over 30 years ago and due to continued growth it has outgrown its two existing factories in Pontefract.

The third and newest factory in Sherburn will enable the company to introduce new product lines and to continue to expand production to meet demand from customers all over the UK.