Surprise boom in orders sees manufacturer create 20 jobs

Jason Lippitt

A Chesterfield manufacturer it to create 20 new full-time jobs following a boom in post-lockdown work.

Blachford UK, based in Holmewood, is looking for 20 people, including multi-skilled maintenance engineers, apprentices, FLT Drivers and production operatives. All roles are available to start immediately and, following a 12-week probation period, will become permanent.

The pandemic left the business fearing for its future after it was forced to furlough all staff and shut the factory down for four weeks. After implementing social distancing measures and being given the green light by the Government to re-open, Blachford says it has since been met with “unexpected” demand for its acoustic insulation products which it produces for industrial vehicles.

Managing director Jason Lippitt said: “It’s a complete turnaround situation and a very enviable position to be in considering the current economic climate. Like many manufacturers, lockdown came as a real blow to us and created uncertainty in the business. However, since re-opening the factory, orders from our European and British customers have flooded in, securing the future of Blachford and creating brand new jobs. It’s a great sign for the local economy and manufacturing as a whole.”

He added: “All these new roles are part of the company’s growing future. It’s vital to me that all employees progress successfully in their career with Blachford and, more importantly, enjoy being part of a fantastic team.”