Blog: Simon WarburtonPlenty left in the tank for Stadco

Simon Warburton | 15 July 2011

A quick visit this week to Tier 1 body-in-white supplier Stadco this week to attend the official opening of its new stampings facility. 

Stadco has come back from some pretty tough times and was understandably keen to trumpet the good news it has created 50 new jobs with the plant acquired from Ogihara. 

Interestingly right next door to Stadco is a tank testing track for BAE Systems, but sadly we didn't get to see the leviathan machines put through their paces, although there was some other large equipment that probably the Ministry of Defence would rather we didn't look at too closely.

And also right next door to Stadco are Denso and GKN. Coincidence?

This from a Telford & Wrekin Council spokesman today (15 July) to just-auto.

"Telford still has a very strong workforce with manufacturing routes that can apply themselves very easily to the automotive sector," he said.

"Telford & Wrekin Council's economic development team is committed to encouraging incoming investment. We work very closely with new businesses to help them choose a location and also to identify business support schemes they can apply to."

So while not exactly targeting the auto sector directly, the Council appears to be receptive to the idea of further industry suppliers locating to the Midlands town. 

Poland does this special economic zone type of incentive very well. Could the UK do more? 


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