Newark factory opens gateway to expansion
Newark’s latest factory, perimeter security specialists Ultimation Direct, has been officially opened by Councillor David Lloyd, Deputy Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, who said he was proud to welcome another innovative manufacturer to the district.
- Councillor David Lloyd (right), flanked by the company's managing director Adrian Mcginley, opens the new Ultimation Direct factory in Newark.
The new purpose-built factory gives the growing company ample space for further expansion in the manufacture of large-scale security gates and other access-control products such as turnstiles and barriers.
“Ultimation Direct has been growing at the rate of 30 per cent per year and they have made a substantial commitment in purchasing and developing this site,” said Cllr Lloyd, who is also chairman of the council’s economic development committee.
“The company will require additional staff in both manufacturing and administration. The vast majority of the people working here live within Newark and Sherwood, and Ultimation Direct are committed to providing training to support their team and to recruit apprentices where possible.”
The process has started already – the company’s managing director Adrian Mcginley said five new staff including two apprentices had been taken on since the new Newark factory opened, bringing total staff numbers to 22. The extra capacity of the new premises was also encouraging further expansion:
“The ability to build more products means we have been able to take on quicker lead times and this has opened new doors for us, while we can now build bigger gates too. The size of our fabrication shop has tripled.”
Almost all of the processes involved in building their large-scale remote-controlled gates and other products are done in-house including all the assembly work, the electronics, the software and most of the very high-quality paintwork.
The factory’s official opening on August 12, 2016 was also attended by Newark and Sherwood chief executive Andrew Muter and many other successful local businesses in the engineering field were represented. These included Great British Sports Cars (which had one of their cars on display) and rotational moulding manufacturers Rototek.