A Coventry manufacturing company, celebrating its 30th anniversary, has expanded and created new jobs after receiving a grant from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF).
Foleshill Metal Finishing in Bayton Road, Exhall, is renowned across the UK and Europe as a leading provider of powder coating, e-coat and metal finishing services for products ranging from cars to office furniture.
The business was awarded £75,000 from the RGF, which was approved by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), which has been spent on buying a second ecoat paint plant.
Eleven new jobs have been created for plant operators to add to its previous 14 employees with a night shift now in operation.
Tony Minhas, who has been managing director at Foleshill Metal Finishing since 1991, said plans are also in the pipeline to extend its premises to cope with a demand for its services.
“The e-coat paint plant is a water-based wet process so it is environmentally friendly and energy efficient,” he said.
“It took three months to install the machine and it means we can coat products much more quickly and take on more orders from our customers.
“We were previously running at 80-90 per cent capacity and receiving the Regional Growth Fund grant means we expect our turnover to increase by 40 per cent and provide a better and more efficient service to our customers.
“Early next year we aim to start building a 12,000 sq ft warehouse because we have a shortage of space.
“We have been here since the company was established in 1984 by my father, Karnail, with six staff and there has been steady growth over the last 30 years.”
Paint and plant quality engineer Robert Danks has been recruited as an apprentice after Foleshill Metal Finishing developed links with Henley College in Coventry.
Tony added: “Robert is the first apprentice we have taken on for a long time. It can sometimes be difficult to get staff who are committed, understand our processes and stay a long time but we have been very fortunate with our workforce.”
Cllr Kevin Maton, Coventry City Council Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Employment and CWLEP board member, said the RGF initiative was designed to support businesses and create jobs.
He said: “This company is showing what can be done with the right level of support. They employ skilled people and demand for their services is rising which is fantastic news for them and for the skilled people they employ.
“Foleshill Metal Finishing is thriving in its 30th anniversary year and installing a second e-coat paint plant has enabled the company to nearly double its workforce.
“It was really interesting to watch the paint plant in operation and hear about the different stages involved.
“After receiving the RGF grant, the company is not standing still and already has planning permission to extend its facilities next year.”
CAPTION: From the left, Rob Bent (Coventry City Council), Tony Minhas (Foleshill Metal Finishing), Cllr Kevin Maton (Coventry City Council) and Aran Scotchford (Foleshill Metal Finishing)