Concrete products manufacturer and distributor Max Frank Ltd has invested in a move to new premises to accommodate its expansion plans.

Up until last year, the German company had been based at a 36,000 sqft premises in Whittle Road, Meir, where it developed, produced and supplied a wide range of products for reinforced concrete construction.

Six months ago, the firm relocated to a bigger, 50,000 sqft premises, in Clough Street, Hanley, as part of a £500,000 investment programme.

In that time, 10 new jobs have been created at the firm – taking its current workforce to around 60.

Now Max Frank Ltd is on the look-out for new production operatives to join the business, with further job opportunities set to be created in other departments – including sales, engineering and technical – in the coming months.

Managing director Gerhard Bumes said: “We knew for about two years that we needed a bigger premises because we were so restricted, and we wanted to remain in Stoke-on-Trent because we wanted to retain staff.

“Now we are looking forward to being able to utilise this new, bigger space and to do that we will need additional staff, such as production operatives.”

Max Frank Ltd's new headquarters in Clough Street, Hanley.

Gerhard added: “Max Frank Ltd is part of the bigger Max Frank Group of companies which means we can benefit from a wide product offering, but at the same time we want to increase and broaden that range.

“We are part of an international group which has invested a significant amount of money, not only into this company but into Stoke-on-Trent as well and we believe that is a very positive sign in light of Brexit.”

To mark its relocation Max Frank Ltd staged an open day at its new headquarters at the weekend, where employees and their families and friends were invited on an office and factory tour.

Attendees were also taken on a tour of the nearby Etruria Industrial Museum – a move which will kickstart Max Frank’s ‘neighbourhood project’ where the company will pledge its support to local charitable and community causes.

Marketing officer Kate Pacey said: “We are looking to get more involved with our local community.

“We have been doing things on a small scale at the moment, such as a number of our employees giving blood, but now we want to support even more good causes and build long-standing relationships with our community.”

Gerhard added: “The Max Frank Group is still family-owned and family-run.

“Our owner, Dr Max Frank has a strong ethical background and is keen to get involved in the areas in which our companies are based and that is something we want to start doing over here in the UK.”

For more information about Max Frank Ltd – and upcoming job opportunities at the company – visit www.maxfrank.com.

Story taken from StokeonTrentLive.

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