Brick manufacturer plans to build business by expanding factory

An Aldridge brick factory could more than double its operation and create 30 new jobs if proposals are given the go-ahead.

The entrance to Ibstock Atlas Factory in Stubbers Green Road, Aldridge. Photo: Google
The entrance to Ibstock Atlas Factory in Stubbers Green Road, Aldridge. Photo: Google

Ibstock Brick Ltd wants to expand operations at the Atlas Factory on Stubbers Green Road to help meet a growing need for the building industry across the UK.

If Walsall Council planners approved the proposal, it would see the company expand its brick-making output from 40 million bricks a year to 105 million.

Works will involve extending the brick factory and refurbishing it with new plant machinery, as well as changes to the car parks and extending the stockyard.

In their application, Ibstock said the expansion will provide a number of economic benefits to the area and safeguard the existing operation and they have been in consultation with the council and the local community about their plans.

One member of the public said: “The proposed development at Atlas Brick Factory just goes to show this thriving company has long term plans to keep bringing prosperity and a good supply of employment for a local workforce. Keep up the good work.”

Planning agents AECOM said: “There is a history of brick-making in the area as well as an investment in the workforce to develop and maintain the required skills and knowledge of the brick making process.

“The proposed development offers benefits to the local economy by making a major investment in buildings, plant and machinery which will secure current jobs and provide new employment opportunities.

“Without this investment the long-term future of brick making at the Atlas site would be jeopardised.

“The proposed development is expected to give rise to the following effects in terms of the local economy and employment: creation of an additional 30 highly skilled manufacturing and engineering new jobs with wages of around £1.6 million per annum, additional spend on third party supplier services in excess of £7.5million per annum; additional business rates paid to the local authority of over £140,000 per annum; and the placing of orders with plant suppliers and building contractors with a total value in excess of £45million.

“There is a clear economic need for both bricks and jobs at a national and local level.

“The investment in the site is also likely to result in a multiplier effect at a local level with Ibstock committing to establishing a local supply chain.”

Planning officers are expected to make a decision on the application in August.

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