A VALVE manufacturer has bucked the gloomy trend to recruit 16 new starters in three months.
Brighouse-based Koso Kent Introl said the new appointments came as the company recorded a strong end to 2012.
KKI manufactures and exports standard service control valves, severe service control valves, high-technology surface choke valves and high-performance rotary valves to the oil and gas, petrochemical and power industries worldwide.
Sales director David Limb said: “I am delighted to announce these latest appointments that reflect the company’s continuing investment in its people, processes and innovative manufacturing.
“We are developing the engineering business from our roots right here in Brighouse and growing our presence overseas in countries like Brazil. We look forward to building on this investment during 2013 and beyond.”
Last October, KKI opened a hi-tech £2m machining centre at one of its Brighouse factories, representing a significant milestone for the company. It forms part of its Continuous Improvement Programme to achieve world-class engineering and manufacturing excellence for its oil and gas customers across the world.
The new employees are working across the company’s three factories in Brighouse and include James Hatton and Jason White, who start as new apprentices.
Other new starters include Darren Eastwood, Leigh Grayson and Nigel Richardson as trainee fitters; Stephen Magowan as regional sales manager; Craig Smith, CNC operator; Andrew Ellis, fitter; Simon Fairburn, machine operator; Darren Lloyd, design engineer; Amy Ockwell, quality assurance administrator and technician; Christopher Pickering, graduate trainee; Andrew Cliffe, workshop supervisor; Philip Brunt, project engineer; Karl Prust, draughtsman; and Michael Bryan as external spares sales engineer.
KKI is owned by Japanese firm Nihon KOSO Co Ltd, a global leader in the controls and process automation systems market.