Warley MP John Spellar visited the company’s new site in Hainge Road, Tividale, to launch the factory, find out about the growth plans and help demolish a wall as part of the work to convert the new 80,000 sq ft premises.
Ramfoam, which is the UK’s leading manufacturer, converter and supplier of polyethylene and polyurethane foam, has won a major contract to supply RamformCare+ face visors for the NHS.
Mr Spellar said Ramfoam’s story was very encouraging.
“This is what we want,” he said. “It is an example of reshoring industry and showing that we can get products better made in Britain.
"It is pleasing to see the NHS responding and seeing the need for local manufacturing. There is no better place to come to for this than the Black Country.
"Government ministers should not focus on multi-million contracts from places like Shanghai, but look at innovative and energetic companies like we see here.”
He said Ramfoam was a great example of a company that had adapted to help the NHS.
“It is helping keep people in work at a vital time when so many are losing their jobs. It is great to see a company expanding , taking people on, training them and giving them skills for the future and the wider manufacturing industry,” he added.
Group sales director Tim Mulqueen said Ramfoam had created 520 jobs so far and was supporting another 1,250 in its supply chain.
“We are taking on 50 more for when the new factory goes into full production. We are finding some amazing talent right on our doorstep,” he added.
The company, which is also celebrating 25 years in existence, is adapting the former Mallatite factory for production of visors. It is investing £3 million in the project.