Offshore supplies specialist JCH Marine has moved into a huge new warehouse in Stoke-on-Trent.
The company has relocated from its former premises at Victoria Business Park in Knypersley to a newly-built unit on Brownhills Road, in Tunstall, which is double the size.
The new headquarters – which have been built on a brownfields site next to Tile Mountain – boasts more office and storage space and is large enough to accommodate the company’s plans to recruit up to nine new staff over the next five years.
Commercial director David Bond said: “We took this building on with a view that we won’t outgrow it – and at the moment it means we are all able to socially distance.
“Our managing director John Hynes has spent 10 years building this business, so he wanted to provide us all with a nice place to work from.
“It’s great that the company is growing, creating new jobs and investing in the city.”
The two-storey building was completed by Burslem-based ADF Construction which has been involved in a number of projects for local businesses including T&C Site Services in Etruria.
John said: “Our new building is in a great location, close to the A500 and the M6. Everything has gone really smoothly, there was a small two-week delay because of Covid but other than that it all went to plan and we’re really happy to have moved in.”
JCH Marine supplies a wide range of parts and consumables into the oil and gas and shipping sectors both nationally and internationally.
It supplies everything from lighting, cables and transmitters to batteries and general electrical requirements such as lamps.
In addition to its new headquarters in Stoke-on-Trent the company has also opened a new office in Brazil in a move which marks the next stage of the 10-year-old business’ plans for international expansion.
David said: “The oil and gas sector in South America is very active at the moment, so we have opened an office and taken on someone who is representing JCH Marine in Macae in Rio de Janeiro which adds some real credibility to our business.
“Now we want to identify areas where there is a lot going on in the sectors we operate in, and replicate this strategy. We want to target further areas in South America and the USA.”
John, who started the business in 2009, said: “March and April were record months for us, but things are slowing down a little bit now because the price of oil has dropped.
“We have been getting lots of enquiries but at the moment people just don’t have the budget in place.
“We are confident things will come back again later in the year; we have secured a partnership in Brazil and we are now in the early stages of a deal with a company in America, so there are lots of opportunities out there for us.”