100 new jobs at Burnley window firm

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A HUNDRED new jobs are to be created at a Burnley company over the next 12 months following the success of a major takeover bid.

Veka Plc, off Rossendale Road, has bought the Sutton Coldfield-based Bowater Building Products and, starting early next year, part of that operation will be transferred to the Burnley site creating 100 posts.

Bosses said they are now starting recruitment for all levels of warehouse and distribution roles with more workers from other departments to be recruited throughout 2012.

As well as applications from the Burnley area, Veka, which manufactures PVC-U window products, said it also hopes to attract employees to relocate from the existing Bowater factory near Birmingham.

Bosses at the firm have arranged two relocation days this month for current Bowater workers who are interested in moving to Burnley where they will be given a tour of the site and town.

Veka managing director Mr Dave Jones said: “This is a very exciting time for Veka and for Burnley with new job opportunities being created in the town and also hopefully welcoming some new people into the area in the future.”

Coun. Charlie Briggs, leader of Burnley Borough Council, said: “It’s excellent news at a time when jobs are at a premium. It’s fantastic that a company like Veka have bought out this place in Birmingham. It’s a fantastic achievement.”

The town’s MP, Gordon Birtwistle, added: “Veka is a big company in Burnley, they have invested millions in Burnley and really believe in the town. For once work is being brought to Burnley rather than being taken away. It’s another boost for Burnley and shows our commitment to manufacturing and the skills we have in Burnley. It’s great news.”