Building products manufacturer GAP has announced that it will be opening a new £30 million production plant in Blackburn that will create 100 new jobs in the coming years. The new facility will be spread across two large sheds, and will be designed to ensure it can offer around 100 bays and 500 specialist bays for tailoring and assemblage of building products.

The plant will begin to manufacture construction and interiors products from the end of this year, before being fully operational in early 2021. It will be situated in Blackburn’s already thriving manufacturing industry, which currently employs over 11,000 people, and is providing a much-needed boost to the town. A spokesman for GAP said that the company was “very pleased to be establishing a new manufacturing base in the Grantham Industrial Estate” and that its decision to establish the new facility there was a “direct result of GAP’s investment in developing the UK.”

As GAP’s Director of Technical/Operations, Dwayne Harris, said: “As a company with a great interest in innovation and productivity, we believe that production of products in the UK will continue to be one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to innovate and introduce new products and services.

“The regeneration of the Grantham Industrial Estate is testament to the success of the wider industrial strategy and our commitment to supporting it in its revitalisation,” Harris added. The opening of GAP’s new plant in Blackburn is part of Britain’s industrial renaissance, which has seen a number of companies, including Burberry, Tate & Lyle, Titan, and Proctor & Gamble, invest in the country and expand its production facilities.