A food manufacturer is days away from an expansion which will create 400 jobs.
Quorn Foods has announced plans to create around 400 new jobs, as it invests £30m to increase its production capacity at its Billingham site in Nelson Avenue.
The plant currently has 100 staff and makes Quorn mycoprotein.
But production will increase by more than a third under the expansion.
The company exports its meat-free products to more than 15 countries across the world. It has also reduced its company carbon footprint by 10 per cent in a move which has been recognised by the Carbon Trust.
This has been achieved by major initiatives including switching from kerosene to gas, improving temperature control throughout production areas, reducing waste and introducing thermal insulation.
Chief executive Kevin Brennan said: “Quorn is known for the positive impact it has on the environment, as a sustainable, healthy form of protein.
“In the last two years, however, we have focused on further reducing our impact.
“This has included significant investment in recycling steam, switching energy sources, improved temperature controls and thermal insulation.
“We’re delighted to have received this reaccreditation from the Carbon Trust, but there’s certainly more that we can do.
“Over the next 12 months we will be investing a further £40m into the business, with a focus on sustainability measures to improve Quorn’s environmental performance.”