A US electronics company has given a vote of confidence in its Kelso manufacturing facility with a £380,000 expansion plan.
Plexus Corporation is using the money to set up a dedicated building at the Pinnaclehill Industrial Estate site to carry out environmental stress screening (ESS) of components.
The facility is being created to meet the specialised needs of ESS, with a focus on meeting thermal, vibration and HASS/HALT (highly accelerated stress screening/life testing) requirements.
It will give its customers in its expanding defence, security and aerospace sectors an in-house testing capability.
The move will be welcomed by its Kelso workers, as the company’s Livingston plant laid off 50 staff in November following reduced demand – particularly in the oil and gas industries.
The company has said it will also employ several ESS engineers, as well as providing training on the new equipment for its existing operators.
The new facility will open in September.
Frank Zycinski, Plexus’s vice-president for market sector and operations, said: “With today’s need for increased security in these sensitive sectors, we have taken the decision to bring ESS testing within our own control.
“This move means we can deliver a full service to our customers and guarantee enhanced security for their intellectual property.”
The facility in Kelso manufactures components for customers throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.