Twelve new high quality jobs have been generated by Studsvik as part of a new working pattern at its Metal Recycling Facility (MRF) in Lillyhall.
The MRF, which was first opened in 2009, recycles low level metallic radioactive waste from the nuclear industry using a range of innovative techniques. Until recently, there were 20 staff employed at the facility running on a standard day shift basis.
The new working arrangement which will see the facility operating on a double shift basis has been in the planning and recruitment stages for the last 6 months. The company plans to move to the new working arrangement this month to meet the growing demand for it’s services. The additional 12 staff, which includes production operators, health physics monitors and office staff, were recruited over a 3 month period and have recently completed a comprehensive training programme to meet the site requirements in preparation for the implementation of the additional shift..
Workington MP Mr Tony Cunningham stated “Since opening their MRF in 2009 Studsvik have shown a real commitment to investment in the local community and these further jobs created confirm that commitment”.
Mike McMullen the MRF Facility Manager said: "This expansion is a very significant achievement for our company. When the facility was originally opened it was planned that we would move to a shift pattern as the market developed. We are delighted that we have been able to achieve that aim and create such quality jobs in Cumbria”
The company’s commitment to employing from within the local community wherever possible began back in the construction phase. The MRF was built using local contractors and made a valuable contribution to the West Cumbrian economy.
“The facility will play an increasingly important role in the local economy for the foreseeable future” said Mike McMullen.
Sam Usher, President of Studsvik UK added “This is a significant step forward in implementing the UK’s strategy for dealing with low-level radioactive waste. Thousands of tons of scrap metal will be arising from the decommissioning of UK nuclear sites, and the implementation of this second shift will see increased throughput at the facility, ensuring the MRF can meet the needs of the developing UK metal recycling market. 2012 represents anexciting period for Studsvik and our MRF, in which we expect to see even more movement in the market as the nuclear industry further changes it’s culture from disposal to recycling”.