20 jobs to be created as part of Black Country factory expansion

More than 20 new jobs are set to be created after a Black Country factory’s expansion plans were given the green light.

Aulacast in Western Way, Darlaston
Aulacast in Western Way, Darlaston

Alucast, in Western Way, Darlaston, wants to expand its operation and create new office space at the existing facility to accommodate a new design team.

The aluminium casting firm supplies parts to a range of businesses including Aston Martin, Bentley, Lotus and JLR and also produced the top and bottom caps for the 2012 Olympic Torch.

In the application, agents Ideal Design Solutions said the company currently employs 105 people at the site and is looking to increase the workforce to a total of 130 after this expansion.

They said: "The current base on Western Way and the existing buildings are becoming increasingly full to capacity. The current offices are full and there is no room to expand the design business.

"The proposal is to provide a rear extension to the current ‘L’ shaped office block. This will fill the redundant corner with much needed office space to enable the company to add a design team to the business.

"Benefits of the development will allow Alucast Ltd to continue to develop into a nationally recognised centre of excellence in aluminium casting.

"We confidently expect to create new jobs over the next three to five years in addition to the more than 100 per cent expansion over the last decade.

"Over the last 30 years the company has expanded more than fourfold so we believe we have a proven track record of job creation and supporting the local community.

"We will be able to expand our range of services which already include a list of blue chip companies such as Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Lotus & the JLR group."

The plans were approved by Walsall Council.

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