£13 million was all it took for a family run manufacturing business to make a monumental transformation in the historic heart of the steel industry!
Drywall Steel Sections Ltd are on the move after securing loan funding of £9.5 million from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). Their Cradley Heath site was no longer fit for purpose following exceptional growth, and targets for even greater business growth.
Speaking to Managing Director Mayank Gupta at the new site, I wanted to know more about the project, and why they had decided now was the right time for the move:
“We’ve outgrown the site. It’s that simple. Our business has been growing over the last few years, and we’ve got more products to offer clients. We see pre fabrication as a growth sector for the business and we just don’t have the space to do that kind of work in our current location. With the loan funding support from the WMCA, now is definitely the right time for our business to make this move.”
Having visited the current Drywall site, it’s clear that the new building will be game changing for this business.The height of the eaves,, the space, the production flow and future proofing for additional growth in years to come are all obvious, but the change to the sales office is just as impressive. With wrap-around glazing and the Drywall colour scheme making up the majority of the building’s exterior it makes for an imposing statement from its approach.
Drywall has been crafting high quality light gauge steel framing along with state-of-the-art systems for wall partitions and ceilings for many years. This new factory will safeguard jobs for their talented workforce and allow new personnel to join their team as production increases.
The WMCA, known for its pioneering ‘brownfield first’ regeneration programme, is committed to transitioning former industrial sites across the region into contemporary business and affordable housing. The latest investment in Drywall Steel Sections stands as a testament to the WMCA’s dedication to fueling development in the area.
The ambitious scheme doesn’t stop with the 40,000 sq ft factory for Drywall Steel. Another 17 commercial starter units, perfect for SMEs, are being built on the same land, and this will create 150 more jobs for the area. The investment also covers a number of other costs that often make brownfield sites costly to develop, in this case addressing historical mine shafts that have lain dormant for 15 years after Rolls Royce relinquished the land as a sports ground.
The West Midlands continues to be a hotspot for manufacturing, but there is a scarcity of commercial premises, in particular new build which makes this project welcome news. West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, was on site a few months ago to take a look at this project because developments such as this are high on the agenda for the area.
Drywall is a family business, having been founded by Rajinder and Sunita Gupta over 20 years ago. Their son Mayank stepped into the role of MD five years ago after a career in television production and the financial sector. The opening date is pencilled in for September, and I can’t wait to see the finished development.