HALF a dozen new jobs are on their way as an engineering components manufacturer plans to extend its Washington factory.
S&S Precision Engineering, based on the East Stephenson Industrial Estate, makes plastic and metal components.
Bucking the economic trend, the company, which already has more than 30 individual machines, needs more space to keep up with its growing market.
And to expand operations it needs six more full-time staff members to add to its existing workforce of 14.
The firm, established more than 30 years ago, serves the aerospace, automotive, machine tools, oil, and filtration industries.
The company has been granted planning approval by Sunderland Council to extend its Rainhill Road factory by 500 sq m to 3,000 sq m, as well as repositioning a steel fence.
The extension will comprise a metal clad single storey factory unit, along with a two-metre-high security fence, and gives the factory 30 per cent more floor area.
The main delivery entry point will be moved to allow for the extension, while two staff doors will be created within the new perimeter fence.
The factory’s car park will also be extended, creating four more spaces as well as disabled, bicycle and motorcycle parking.