Centre brings jobs boost for Bellshill

First Minister Alex Salmond opens the Gamesa centre
First Minister Alex Salmond opens the Gamesa centre

A NEW £12.5 million centre to develop next-generation offshore wind technology was opened in Bellshill last week by First Minister Alex Salmond.

Gamesa has located its Offshore Wind Technology Centre at Strathclyde Business Park and is already employing 40 engineers.

The Spanish-based company hopes to be employing more than 100 staff by the end of this year, rising to 180 within three years.

Mr Salmond said: “This is a strong endorsement of our workforce and of the level of skills and expertise that we can offer.”

Gamesa chairman and CEO Jorge Calvet added: “Our Offshore Wind Technology Centre represents an important step in this strategy and our offshore plans could generate significant local, skilled and sustainable jobs over the coming years.”

Meanwhile plating mill Eterniti Steels has agreed a deal with Almondale Investments to remain in Mossend for another 10 years.

Eterniti first opened at Reema Road Industrial Estate in 2009 with a staff of six, but has since grown to 20 employees with further expansion planned to double the workforce.

Scottish managing director Mark Allard said: “We have done well in a short space of time in a difficult financial climate.”

It isn’t all good news however, with the Warburtons bakery in Righead Industrial Estate set to axe 33 jobs and after announcing plans to change shift patterns.

Full story in October 6 edition of Bellshill Speaker