A MANUFACTURER which exports to 40 countries has invested £500,000 in a major expansion of its headquarters.

Ellis Patents, which is a leading cable cleat manufacturer, has grown its site in Rillington by 25 per cent, including a new 10,000 sq ft warehouse.

Built by local contractor, S Marshall, the facility will be used primarily for assembly and storage and has freed up 7,000 sq ft of space to boost the company’s manufacturing facilities, which is seen as vital for future growth and improved business efficiency

Richard Shaw, the firm’s managing director, said: “We can claim the position of market leaders because we design, develop and manufacture products, which others simply try to emulate.

“The extended manufacturing space will allow us to increase our range of manufacturing processes, bring even more new and unique products to market, and widen the range of markets we serve.”

Danny Macfarlane, operations director, said: “Finishing the construction phase just as the pandemic struck provided us with a unique opportunity to completely reorganise our entire factory; which would have been impossible under normal working conditions. All of which means we are emerging as a business in great shape ready to make the most of the opportunities and challenges presented by the post-Covid world.”

Ellis manufactures cable cleats that are used to secure large power cables in major new construction around the world. The expansion is the latest in a process of development since Ellis moved to Rillington in 1974.

“We’re proud to call Rillington home,” added Richard. “The vast majority of our staff come either from the village or its surrounding areas, which means the success we enjoy should be seen and celebrated as a truly local success story.”