A TEXTILE firm is set to bring an empty Huddersfield factory back into use.
SKA Textiles is moving from Firth Street to part of the former Brook Crompton site at St Thomas' Road, Longroyd Bridge.
SKA, a family-run firm founded in 1975, expects to complete the move by the end of the year.
The firm is leaving Commercial Mills at Firth Street to make way for the next phase of a major flats development.
SKA, which has 80 employees, will also move some of its operations to an empty mill building at Pollard Street, Milnsbridge.
SKA managing director Khalid Pervaiz said the company planned to move most of its operations to the old Brook Crompton site.
SKA will occupy Brook Crompton's former headquarters building and a series of single-storey factory sheds behind.
Brook Crompton sold the premises after ending motor manufacturing more than two years ago.
It now runs its UK marketing and servicing business from buildings on the opposite side of St Thomas' Road.
Mr Khalid said: "The Brook Crompton site is ideal. It provides single-storey manufacturing space and means we can stay in Huddersfield, which is important for our employees."
Commercial Mills, which dates back to 1863, is earmarked for redevelopment as the third phase of a £20m flats development.
Honley-based developer Lanson is transforming six mill buildings at Firth Street to provide 190 one and two-bedroom flats, a restaurant and leisure facilities.
The development, called 1535 The Melting Point, involves Priestroyd Mills at the junction of Firth Street and Queen Street South, the B Baker building alongside and Commercial Mills.