Government minister visiting Peterlee’s Mecaplast site

The Nissan LEAF - one of the cars made in the Sunderland plant that Mecaplast provides parts for
The Nissan LEAF - one of the cars made in the Sunderland plant that Mecaplast provides parts for

A GOVERNMENT minister was due to pay a visit to an automotive components firm to see first-hand how major new investment is driving growing industry.

Communities and Local Government Minister Baroness Stowell was due to visit Mecaplast, on Peterlee’s North West Industrial Estate, this afternoon.

The visit has been organised by the North-East LEP, and the baroness was expected to see how Mecaplast has recently expanded its factory and doubled its workforce from 85 to 180 to handle significant new contracts from Nissan, thanks to £1.9m LEP and Regional Growth funding.

Mecaplast UK general manager David Cann, and Councillor Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council and chairman of the combined authority, were due to meet the minister at the factory, alongside Mecaplast staff.