Depositor manufacturer Riggs Autopack has relocated to a new factory in Nelson, Lancashire in order to house its expanding business.

The company, part of the Fort Vale Group, has moved across town, from Southfield Street, to Premier Mill, Brunswick Street, a 50,000sq ft unit.

Currently employing 28 staff, the new site gives the firm room to further expand, win new orders, and potentially take on new recruits.

David Smith, technical director at Fort Vale, said: “There is room to take on more projects at the same time and space to do much more fabrication, which means we can move forward far quicker. It will open up all sorts of opportunities.”

Nigel Matthews, general manager at Riggs Autopack, added: “Having more manufacturing space will allow us to further expand and bring some of the sub-contracting work back in-house that we’ve previously put out in the past.

“By doing this, it will allow us to create jobs and employ more people from the local area. As part of the company’s continued growth strategy, we have plans in place to hire extra staff during 2013, including two machine shop apprentices, and are currently looking to add to our external sales team and in-house design department.”

Established in the 1930s, the firm manufactures depositors and filling machines for the food production industry.