Manufacturer modernises and grows capacity with £4m investment

BRC Manufacturing, the UK’s largest supplier of steel reinforcement and associated products for concrete, is pumping £4m into its site at Barugh Green, near Barnsley.

The works, scheduled to be complete in May 2023, include a new automatic wire mesh line, which will improve the site’s capacity by 65%, increase tonnage by 45,000 and help improve throughput by 50%.

The investment will replace some machinery, which is up to 40-years-old, with fully digital automated robotic lines to help provide laser-guided AI options to help improve productivity and visualisation.

Councillor Robert Frost, Barnsley Council cabinet spokesman for regeneration and culture, said: “It’s excellent news for Barnsley that BRC Manufacturing is making this significant investment into their site at Barugh Green.

“It is a big commitment to the borough and shows that Barnsley is a great place for manufacturing businesses to operate and grow.

“I wish BRC the best of luck and continued success moving forward.”

Paul Mason, operation manager at BRC Manufacturing, added: “We have exciting and challenging times preparing the facility for the new machines coming later this year.

“It’s a great opportunity for everyone at BRC to be involved in the project and work with the most current, up-to-date mesh welding and cold rolling line machines.

“We will increase the workforce as we move to a three-shift plan towards the end of the year.

“While health and safety and improving our factory to create a safe workplace where employee welfare is our top priority, we also want to create a greener factory environment.

“In addition to the fact that 98% of our product is made using recycled materials, we have also planted 133 trees on site to reduce our carbon footprint.”