Firm set to expand its base in town

Alco Valves Group extending business to another unit near original premises.'Staff at Alco with managing director Stuart Lomax, second from right, and operations manager James Stangroom, right.
Alco Valves Group extending business to another unit near original premises.'Staff at Alco with managing director Stuart Lomax, second from right, and operations manager James Stangroom, right.

The Alco Valves Group, one of Calderdale’s best manufacturing success stories, is set to expand again.

Since being formed in 1977, it has kept its headquarters in Brighouse while putting down roots around the world with agents and distributors in over 30 countries.

A full order book has resulted in a new factory unit next to its base at Birds Royd Lane and it needs another 50,000 sq ft of office and manufacturing premises. And, its Brighouse workforce is set to jump from 100 to 120.

The oil and gas industry is the main sector for its high pressure valves and manifolds and the business is now exporting 82 per cent of its products and expects to turn over £30 million this year.

It has a fabricating plant in Denton, Greater Manchester, but all manufacturing and research is based at Brighouse.

Operations manager James Stangroom said progress is running alongside staff training, and shopfloor and administrative staff have access to apprenticeships as the company builds on its reputation which is now recognised and renowed around the world.

Managing director Stuart Lomax has been driving forward the sales potential of the company’s products.

“Our expansion and grip on international marketplaces is vitally important to the future of the business and our current and future employees.

“It’s very satisfying that some of our expansion has already taken place in Brighouse. This is a really exciting time for our businesses, both here in the UK and abroad,” he said.