After thirty years in their Bishop Auckland headquarters Ebac move manufacturing to facilities in nearby Newton Aycliffe.
Since the early 1970s Ebac has been at the heart of Bishop Auckland’s industry building the dehumidifier and water cooler business into a global force. In recent years, the business had outgrown the factory and new facilities were considered key to the companies future growth strategy.
The opportunity to move came from selling the outdated site at St Helen Auckland to a supermarket chain and Ebac are now poised to look at developing new products and entering new markets.
The former Schott Glass factory on the nearby Aycliffe Industrial estate has proved to be the ideal location. At 180,000 square foot the new facilities are hardly any larger than Ebac’s sprawling Bishop Auckland site however this factory will be far easier to manage as all aspects of the business will be under one roof. This will allow Ebac to improve efficiency in manufacturing and to maintain their presence in the north-east. Rumours had circulated in the area that Ebac was set to follow many UK based manufacturers and move manufacturing abroad in order to cut costs.
Chairman John Elliott said, “I want to keep Ebac manufacturing in south Durham for the next 50 years. Our focus is on bringing in new customers. working with our existing ones and being efficient. We can do that from right here in the north-east.”