An historic textile mill is to be brought back into use by an expanding Huddersfield company.
And that could mean more jobs in the coming months.
The WS Westin Group, which operates two businesses in Phoenix Mill on Leeds Road, has bought the adjoining Grove Works on St Andrew’s Road.
Both firms will expand their operations into Grove Works which has been empty since yarn spinner Z Hinchliffe moved out to its base in Denby Dale a year ago.
The five-storey stone mill housed part of the spinner and weaver T and H Blamires for nearly 100 years until the business was wound up in 1961.
The plan is to demolish the single-storey outbuildings which face St Andrew’s Road and replace them with a workshop for Westin Drives, which will allow more of the old mill to be seen.
The main building will be refurbished to accommodate offices, a design area and showroom for the Westin cooker hoods business. Work on the project is due to start in the new year.
Westin Group managing director Ian Sheppard said: “We have seen significant growth in recent years and this investment will enable that to continue. We expect to add to our workforce over the next 12 months.”
Mr Sheppard hopes to display old photographs of the mill in its textile days in the renovated building.
He is appealing to any former employees or relatives to send pictures and memories to him at firstname.lastname@example.org