£1m vehicle engineering expansion back on track for Britcom

East Yorkshire commercial vehicle and heavy plant specialist Britcom is motoring on with a £1 million investment.

The Market Weighton headquartered business is adding a new six bay workshop at its 14 acre site as it expands engineering operations.

The steel framework is now complete after the capacity-boosting project was put on hold for seven weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Work returned to the site in mid-May, having started in the new year.

Chris Urwin, joint managing director of the £27 million turnover firm, said: “Britcom has always taken a long-term view of the business climate and whilst the current pandemic will certainly bring challenging times, we firmly believe in the opportunities we have to grow the chassis engineering and truck bodybuilding operation.”

Chris Urwin, joint managing director of Britcom, left, with Geo Houlton’s senior team, team, from second left, Paul Gibson, commercial director; Antony Dixon, site manager and Mike Johnson, operations director, as they mark the steel erecting completion for the six-bay expansion.
(Image: Britcom)

The investment at York Road takes capacity up to 20 workshop bays, with the new build incorporating a  10 tonne overhead crane, authorised testing facilities-approved inspection pit and brake roller.

The completion is anticipated for August, setting the business up to enter its 40th anniversary year.

Boasting an 85-strong team, Britcom added a sales base in Manchester five years ago, and also has a sister company in Nairobi, Kenya. It operates as a leading exporter of used commercial vehicles, with repair and paint facilities alongside the heavy engineering operations.

Hull-based contractor Geo Houlton & Sons marked the construction milestone.

Houlton was recently revealed as the contractor behind the flagship build on a new business park at Stallingborough, North East Lincolnshire. Rapid growth micro generation specialist MyEnergi will move into the new build as a local authority tenant. 

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