RED Engineering, based in Hexham, has officially opened its newly invested £1.3m RED Technology Centre. The 1,300 sq m facility is situated close to the company’s headquarters and will elevate their reputation as an innovative problem solver for blue-chip clients across the globe. The centre has allowed the firm to bring its previously rented assembly and test activities under one roof, thus reinforcing the firm’s growth strategy as the company has hired six additional employees in the last year. The investment was mainly self-funded, with a £136k grant from the Regional Growth Fund. Joe Orrell, Managing Director, articulated that this purchase had been a long-term goal for the company. He went on to cite the benefits of overhead craneage and added space to operate new test equipment, and his hopes that it would encourage young people to embark upon a career in engineering.
The project included the clearance of the site and construction of an industrial unit, with internal units for offices, amenities, and storage facilities. This investment strengthens RED Engineering’s roots in the Tyne Valley and demonstrates a commitment to the local community. Notably, the firm is currently working with students at Queen Elizabeth High School, sponsoring one ex-student through higher education and mentoring several GCSE Design Technology students. This latest investment will help the company meet the growing demands of their clients while accelerating the delivery of innovation. They believe the new centre will be indicative of engineering excellence, making RED Engineering an attractive destination for top engineering talent.