New multi-million pound electrical manufacturing facility opens in North Wales

Electrical engineering company LCA Group has opened a multi-million pound, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in North Wales in a bid to accelerate growth.

Ken Skates, the economy secretary at the Welsh Government, opened the new building based at the Hawarden Industrial Park. It’s named “Gibson” House in tribute to the famous Dambusters pilot.

Accompanied by the company’s management team, Skates commended LCA’s growth in recent years. Guests were also given a chance to view LCA’s new £500,000 ‘UK first’ 3D laser machining centre.

The move brings together two existing LCA Group sites, which are based in Runcorn and Ewloe. LCA said the move will allow it to expand its service offer to customers around the globe.

In order to cater for increasing demand, the company is also looking to hire experienced control panel wiring experts. Its managing director, Alan Sheppard, said 2018 will be a “critical year” for the firm. 

“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 Group 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.”

Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport Ken Skates, who spoke at the event, said: “This really is a state of the art facility and a magnificent place.

“They have cutting edge technology and highly skilled, well-paid people and Gibson House is something we can all really be proud of.

“As we enter the fourth industrial revolution we need to make sure that we’re equipping people and businesses with what’s needed in order to thrive rather than just survive and I think that’s exactly what LCA Group is doing.”

The news comes as LCA has announced plans to install new “UK first” Rittal 3D design and manufacturing technology. It’ll help the firm “dramatically boost production of its leading stainless steel control panels”.

Alan added: “It is 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.”

Colin Brew, chief executive of the West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce, said: “News of LCA’s decision to locate in Hawarden is a fabulous boost for the region’s economy, bringing much needed opportunities for our young people.”