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300 jobs boom at car plant

More staff required to spearhead production of next-generation Astra at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant

The Astra production line at the Vauxhall factory in Ellesmere Port

Car giant Vauxhall's creating 300 jobs at its Ellesmere Port plant.

The boost is part of a recruitment drive for 550 new staff at the Cheshire site and the group’s Luton van manufacturing factory.

Vauxhall, part of US giant General Motors, says this is the “first significant new-hire programme for a decade”.

The Ellesmere Port plant, home to the iconic Astra model, currently operates on two shifts but as sales volumes build, the business said more employees are required to cope with increased output at the facility.

It added that the new jobs will be phased in over the first quarter of 2015.

In 2012 Ellesmere Port won the contract to build the next generation, all-new Astra.

Production of this model begins towards the end of 2015.

The agreement runs into the next decade and secured a £125m investment.

“This is great news for Vauxhall and for British manufacturing,” said Tim Tozer, Vauxhall’s chairman and managing director.

“Both of our UK manufacturing plants have won long contracts with all-new product and as the business strengthens, we now need to take on more people to build these exciting new Vauxhalls.”

Last month Ellesmere Port marked the 50th anniversary of car production at the site.

It was saved from closure in the summer of 2012 by a pioneering long-term deal with unions over wages and conditions.

At the time, Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “I personally have been to General Motors in the USA twice to plead the case with the top men in the company, to persuade them this was a very good place to be. Here they have a flexible plant and a co-operative Labour force.”

Vauxhall chairman and managing director Duncan Aldred said the factory would be operating on three shifts and would be capable of producing a minimum of 160,000 vehicles per year but with capacity of more than 200,000.

He said Ellesmere Port would be the lead plant for the five-door Astra and one unique variant.

 

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