Gripple, the Sheffield-based manufacturer of wire joining devices and suspension systems, is investing £2m in a site dedicated to Gripple Automation to support its rapid growth, establishing Gripple’s fifth base in the city.
The company expects the investment to create an additional 30 jobs at its new site on Foley Street over the next five years and boost the city’s industrial credentials as a leader in machine construction.
Gripple Automation was founded in 2012, initially to design and build bespoke automated production and processing solutions for Gripple and its sister companies. It was set up with seven employees but quickly expanded its base of engineering expertise and currently employs more than 20 people.
An influx of orders from customers beyond the Gripple group has meant the fledgling company has outgrown its current home on the site of Loadhog, Gripple’s sister company which manufactures reusable transit packaging on Hawke Street in Attercliffe.
Managing Director of Gripple Automation, Darren Beardsmore, explains: “Since its formation seven years ago, Gripple Automation has exceeded expectations. It has gone from filling orders for use within Gripple to creating precision automated machines for the automotive, industrial, food, assembly and packaging industries.
“We are looking forward to a very busy and successful future and this investment allows Gripple Automation’s growth to continue. We also expect it to be a catalyst for further redevelopment in the area.”
Work has already begun on the 18,000sq ft site and the new facility, due to open in Spring 2020, will be equipped with the latest machine-building technology, a computer numerical control (CNC) machine shop and rapid prototyping capabilities.
The new site, close to Wicker and the river Don, joins Gripple’s bases on Hawke Street; Carbrook Street; its iconic headquarters on Savile Street East and the recently opened GLIDE House, nearSheffield Arena.