fifteen new jobs have been created at an Ilkeston factory after a £3m investment.
The cash has been used to extend the factory in the Manners Industrial Estate to improve the firm’s recycling arm where they recycle old plastic door and window frames to improve property’s energy efficiency.
The extended factory was officially opened by Cllr George Wharmby, Head of Derbyshire County Council and Cllr Kevin Miller, Mayor of Erewash.
East Midlands MEP Emma McClarkin, Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills and Frank Coenen, CEO of the Eurocell parent company also joined Patrick Bateman, Eurocell‘s chief executive officer.
Mr Bateman said: “The official opening marks the beginning of a new era for our group in terms of sustainable manufacturing and offering an unbeatable ‘green’ solution.
“As a company we are advanced in using the recycled material to manufacture innovative new products that help customers meet ever more stringent building performance requirements.”
Eurocell, parent company of Merritt Plastics, is now the biggest and most advanced PVC-U manufacture and recycling business in the UK.
And bosses hope the extended Ilkeston recycling plant will help improve the sustainability of its products by using material from old PVC-U window frames to manufacture new, energy efficient products.
The frames are removed from homes and other buildings when existing windows are replaced with new, thermally efficient versions. Eurocell then uses the recycled material to manufacture products that help to reduce heat loss from windows.
Mr Bateman added: “The fact that our recycling plant is here in Derbyshire and we manufacture new products in the same county is yet another example of our commitment to creating a sustainable, low carbon business.”