David Cameron’s new ‘Northern Powerhouse’ Minister visits Vantec’s £23million expansion site in Sunderland

Northern Powerhouse minister James Wharton, with Coun Paul Watson, Vantec's Martin Kendall, and Paul Woolston at the new Vantec warehouse site

Northern Powerhouse minister James Wharton, with Coun Paul Watson, Vantec's Martin Kendall, and Paul Woolston at the new Vantec warehouse site

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A new minister has pledged to fight the North East’s corner as he gave his backing to a multimillion pound Wearside warehouse development.

James Wharton visited the Vantec building site on the first solo job as the new Conservative Government’s Northern Powerhouse Minister.

I want to continue to make the case for Teesside, where I’m from, and for the whole of the North East and a lot of things are happening to improve employment and bring in investment.


Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton

The £23million scheme on the Hillthorn Business Park near Nissan will create 120 new jobs, with the building to be the firm’s biggest in Sunderland when it is completed in December.

Recruitment will begin in the New Year as the firm unpins its position as the largest supplier of “just in time” logics for Nissan, which sees it ensure materials are in the location they are needed at the right time.

Stockton South MP Mr Wharton said he wanted to ensure one of his first visits was made in his home region.

He added: “I want to continue to make the case for Teesside, where I’m from, and for the whole of the North East and a lot of things are happening to improve employment and bring in investment.

“We have Hitachi coming to Darlington, Nissan is expanding in Sunderland, steel is back on Teesside and we could see a potash mine open in North Yorkshire.

“We will be bringing in more jobs and more investment.”

Councillor Paul Watson, leader of the Labour-led Sunderland City Council, was among those to also visit the building site off the A1290, and planned to meet with Mr Wharton to put forward the case to back Wearside at the meeting.

He said: “This is what the Government is doing and we will be working to get the most from it.”