Hartlepool MP Mike Hill has expressed his approval of a steel plant’s ambitious plans for the future.
The Liberty House group bought the 42-inch and 84-inch pipe mills in Brenda Road, previously owned by Tata Steel, in August.
During his first visit to the facility since the acquisition last week, new owner Sanjeev Gupta outlined plans to make the plan into a “world force”, create new jobs and get the mills working back to full production.
Next year, Liberty intends to increase the Hartlepool mills’ output fourfold to 80,000 tonnes by employing roughly an extra 100 workers as order books fill up again.
The mills manufacture pipes for use in the oil and gas industry but production was hit during last year’s steel crisis.
Mr Gupta said there is potential to take on more people in the future as the company wants the plant to get back to full production of over 300,000 tonnes a year.
Reacting to the news, Mr Hill said the investment will create a sustainable future for the base in the town.
He said: “I was not able to attend the official hand over of the Pipe Mills from Tata to Liberty House, but I did meet the CEO Sanjeev Gupta in Westminster.
“The meeting was extremely positive about the planned investment Liberty House intend to make in the business, which will immediately result in job growth, new and meaningful apprenticeships and create a sustainable future for this world class manufacturing base in Hartlepool.”
Among the new jobs to be created in the coming months will be a number of apprentices, including those from Hartlepool College of Further Education.