SUNDERLAND’S Liebherr plant has celebrated its silver anniversary.
The crane firm threw open its Deptford site to an invited audience of dignitaries and staff members’ families to mark 25 years on Wearside.
Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Stuart Porthouse, city council deputy leader, Coun Harry Trueman, and Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott were among the guests.
Liebherr is a family firm and Patricia Rüf, grand-daughter of the company’s founder, travelled from Switzerland to join the celebrations.
Ralph Sälzer, managing director of Liebherr Sunderland Works, said: “Our move into Sunderland was a real vote of confidence in the area, and the success we have seen since is testament to the skilled workforce we have here, and the support we have had from Sunderland City Council and other local stakeholders.
“The celebrations are a way of saying thank you to our staff and all those involved in making our facility such a success story for the city.”
The Sunderland plant had 18 employees when it began production in 1989, 10 of whom still work there, but today it employs 186 people, including 29 apprentices. Coun Trueman said: “Sunderland has such a strong industrial and maritime heritage.
“Manufacturing is running through its veins, and it’s great to see businesses like Liebherr continuing to flourish here.”