Normanton firm creates 10 jobs after finance deal

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Normanton-based Keats Engineering has doubled its workforce and is expanding into overseas markets.

The company, based at Astoria Way, has taken on 10 staff after securing a £75,000 loan from Finance Yorkshire.

Bosses at Keats, which makes and installs coal processing equipment, said they had just completed a major deal in the Ukraine and were looking to set up a partnership with a mine-owning company in Canada.

Operations Director Guy Nottingham said: “Looking ahead, we want to continue to expand into new worldwide markets. There are several other opportunities for us to continue to explore in the Ukraine and we are also looking at projects in Australia and the US.”

Finance Yorkshire investment manager Grahame Lunt said: “The investment gave Keats the additional working capital the company needed to take on and complete the successful project in the Ukraine, as well as expand the team by creating more jobs in the region.”