Blast furnace ironworking company to open production plant in Sheffield
Blast furnace Ironworks will open a new facility in Sheffield, the first of its kind in the UK.
The company will employ 3,000 people and has applied for a £1bn industrial development and supply grant to build the new steelmaking plant, which will be built on the site of the old Blast furnace plant.
The new facility will create 1,500 jobs in Sheffield and the UK and will be the largest industrial development of its type in the country.
“It’s a massive investment for Sheffield,” said Tony Smeets, managing director of Blast furnace.
“This project will give us access to the most advanced technology in the world to create steel.
We’ve been in this business for many years, and we’ve worked very hard to ensure the best conditions for our workers.”
Smeets said the company was planning to create more than 600 jobs in the city and that it was also looking to establish new operations in other parts of the UK for other steel-making and steelmaking-related industries.
He said that Blast furnace would invest at least £1m in the Sheffield steelworks, adding that the project would help to boost employment in the steelmaking sector.
“The UK is known as a global steelmaking hub, so the new plant will create new jobs, and bring a huge boost to the Sheffield economy,” he said.
“It’s an absolute massive investment that will have a huge impact on the local economy, with more than £1 million in additional employment for the local community.”