Huntsman investment is latest in string of business boosts for Hartlepool

Jon Huntsman opening the new Huntsman Customer Care Centre in Wynyard.''Dave Charnley Photography: www.davecharnleyphotography.com

Jon Huntsman opening the new Huntsman Customer Care Centre in Wynyard.''Dave Charnley Photography: www.davecharnleyphotography.com

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Jobs joy is on the way for the Hartlepool area thanks to a global firm’s latest huge investment.

Seventy jobs are being created thanks to Huntsman which has formed a new customer care centre at Wynyard.

The expansion of the Wynyard campus means the creation of over 70 jobs for the area and the opportunity to improve our services to our global customer base

Simon Turner, president for Huntsman Pigments and Additives

The boost for the Tees Valley comes as part of the latest stage of a restructure.

Company founder Jon Huntsman performed the opening ceremony of the new centre which follows on from earlier investment by Huntsman at Wynyard.

The move will create over 70 jobs for the area and follows Huntsman’s plans to significantly restructure its pigments and additives business and move all centralised services to Huntsman’s global business centres.

But the customer care centre is not the only investment by Huntsman in the area.

It follows on from the launch of an innovation centre which was opened in November 2013, and Titanium House, opened in May 2011, which are already situated at the Wynyard campus.

Simon Turner, president for Huntsman Pigments and Additives, said: “We are in the process of building a global market leading business. The services we provide from our Wynyard campus will help our competitiveness.

“The expansion of the Wynyard campus means the creation of over 70 jobs for the area and the opportunity to improve our services to our global customer base.”

The company’s investment at Wynyard marks the latest in a number of investments by companies in the Hartlepool area.

Within the last week, fashion chain PEP&CO announced it had chosen Hartlepool as one of the first places where it will open a store, bringing 12 jobs to town as part of a plan to eventually create more than 500 jobs across England, Wales and Scotland by the end of August.

Marks & Spencer is moving from its existing home in the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre to the Anchor Retail Park in Hartlepool, creating 25 new jobs on top of the 60 already employed by the firm in town.

Within the last month, Durable Technologies announced it was expecting to double its workforce to 12 over the next year after a £100,000 equity and loan investment from UK Steel Enterprise’s Equity Growth Fund backed by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF).

The firm designs lighting control systems for use in large buildings.

Green Frog, which makes products which are used in virus infection control and prevention, is planning to double its workforce of seven when its facility opens in Hartlepool.

Ladies’ fashion clothing company Select Retail has opened a store in the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in Hartlepool. The move has created 10 new jobs and there could be more on the way.

And Wynyard Hall Hotel has created 30 new jobs in the four-star hotel’s new Walled Garden Visitor Centre including food service and retail staff, supervisors, chefs, cleaners and waiting staff.

Other jobs working within the hotel and spa more widely are also on offer.