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Aberdeen Engineering Company Set To Expand Caithness Operation

26th June 2011

Photograph of Aberdeen Engineering Company Set To Expand Caithness Operation

AMC Engineering Ltd, whose head office is at Findon just outside Aberdeen, is set to expand their Caithness division by building a new workshop at their site outside Lybster, with the assistance of a grant of 76,250 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

Managing Director Andrew Polson, who hails from Caithness and whose parents still live on the family croft at Smerlie next door to the company's workshops, explained that the skill and application of the local work-force was a key factor in deciding to site the new workshop in the north.

He said: "HIE's support was crucial in helping us go ahead with this development, which wouldn't have happened without their assistance. The work we do, manufacturing a range of high-precision torque equipment for the global oil & gas industry, is highly specialised and it is a tribute to the quality of the Caithness workforce that we have decided to locate this investment here. The project will help us supply our new sales and service base in Houston, Texas, and set us up for our further expansion into the Pacific rim and the Middle East."

Andrew, who moved to the Aberdeen area and started with AMC in 1994, took over the firm when the previous owner retired in 2004, and has since driven its rapid expansion to become a multi-million pound business with customers around the globe.

HIE area manager Roy Kirk said: "HIE is very pleased to be supporting this project, as AMC Engineering is exactly the type of company we want to see growing in our area, building on the County's reputation for excellence in engineering, and providing local people with real employment opportunities. As a native Caithnessian now living in Aberdeen, Andrew has been involved with our Caithness Ambassadors programme which aims to promote inward investment into the County, and with this development he is clearly putting his money where his mouth is by choosing Caithness as the site for this expansion."

Work is already under way, with John Gunn and Son of Lybster carrying out site works, and the whole project is due for completion by the end of September.

Photo by Angus Mackay Photography
The building of a new fabrication shed by AMC Engineering Ltd., Lybster, Caithness, Highland. Pictured here (L-R) David Gunn, David Sutherland (John Gunn & Sons Ltd), Andrew Polson (Managing Director of AMC Engineering Ltd) and Keith Muir (HIE)

 

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