BOSSES at a Huddersfield valve firm have unveiled its new premises.
And they have outlined plans to expand the business and create more jobs as the firm emerges from its darkest hour.
Weir Valves and Controls - formerly Hopkinsons - dropped a bombshell last February with the announcement that half its 350-strong workforce would be axed.
The company, part of the Glasgow-based Weir Group, also said it would leave its historic site at Britannia Works, Birkby, in favour of more modern premises.
Now the firm - which was running up massive losses - is enjoying a revival, winning back customers and preparing to complete its move to new premises.
Weir Valves and Controls is transferring 180 staff, as well as some of its machinery, to the former John Smith's brewery complex off The Ainleys at Elland.
The company gave itself a year to complete the task, but is on course to complete the changeover by Christmas.
The premises have been refitted and altered, to provide extra office space alongside a 90,000sq ft factory.
There is parking for more than 100 vehicles, as well as buildings to house the firm's research and development and fabrication departments.
Phil Clifton, divisional managing director for Weir Valves and Controls, said: "We wanted to move within 10 miles of the Birkby site, but we were struggling to find something that was right for us.
"We needed somewhere with sufficient room for our overhead cranes.
"We were concerned that we might have to build a whole new factory, which would have added nine months to the programme.
"Luckily, we came across this site, which had space for us to install the crane gantries and room for expansion."
Mr Clifton said the Elland base - named Britannia House - would be making valves "for many years to come", as well as carrying out final assembly, testing and painting for valves made at other Weir sites worldwide.
The company was also keeping its highly- regarded Hopkinsons, Blakeborough, Batley and Mac brand names.
The site will support other Weir valve plants worldwide.
And Huddersfield will continue to provide the "brains" of Weir's valves and controls division, with its head office moving to Bradley Business Park when the Birkby site closes.
Mr Clifton added: "It has not been an easy year for `Hops'.
"We have had a major redundancy programme and a move to a new site.
"But this is not the end of `Hops'. This is the rebirth of a 101-year-old company, which is going to grow from strength to strength, with more employment and more wealth generated at this new site."