CLOTHING manufacturing has returned to East Durham – and brought more than 100 jobs with it.
The Echo revealed in February that The AMA Group was planning to resurrect one of the area’s traditional industries with a new facility on Peterlee’s Whitehouse Business Park.
Twenty workers have been recruited and work is now fully under way. The firm plans to expand its staff to 150 by the end of next year.
Joint managing directors Paul Watts and Julie Price, along with directors David Price, Steven Price and Steven Lawson, are behind the rebirth of clothing manufacturing in the area.
Paul said: “After months of planning, it’s very rewarding to see garment manufacturing begin with the first production teams operating at our new premises.
“At its peak, the industry employed thousands of people in the North East and we firmly believe the plans we’ve put in place could recreate that success.
“Today is very much the start of the journey for us. We’re very excited about what the future holds.
“We will be recruiting both experienced machinists and young people wishing to train for a career in the industry and anyone interested in joining the company should contact Jobcentre Plus at Peterlee.”
Easington MP Grahame Morris said: “This is a great moment for Peterlee. The clothing manufacturing industry was once one of the area’s biggest employers and I am delighted to see its return along with the creation of more than 100 jobs.”
East Durham College will be training employees. Principal Suzanne Duncan said: “I’m so pleased that the college is doing its bit to support the company. It’s a great opportunity for them to find secure work.” For Jobcentre Plus Peterlee call 220 2129.