Video: Boss assauges fears over £5 million Haverhill galvanising plant

The director of a national firm seeking to build a £5 million galvanising plant in Haverhill has assured people that the process is not dangerous.

Acrow Galvanizing, part of the Wedge Group, has applied to St Edmundsbury Council build the plant in Piperall Way, though Haverhill Town Council recommended a COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards) assessment ought to be carried out as dangerous chemicals would be dealt with.

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The West Midlands firm has 14 plants across the UK, and the Haverhill one would employ 11 workers per shift plus nine office staff.

“There can be some misunderstanding about galvanizing as a process, and we’re keen to reassure the community that it simply involves dipping clean steel into a large bath of molten zinc to create a special coating that protects the steel from corrosion for up to 60 years without any maintenance,” said Wedge director Steve Milne.

“It’s a clean process and one which is respected because of its sustainable credentials – in fact, one of our fastest-growing markets at the moment is the green energy and environmental sector itself.”

The move to Haverhill from Saffron Walden is part of the firm’s expansion, with Mr Milne adding: “Investment in the development will be in the region of £5 million, and with the new plant in Haverhill, just 13 miles away from our current base it leaves us well placed to not only look after our customers but also our current workforce, many of whom live in the Haverhill area.

“We are very much looking forward to the formal result of our planning application for a new, purpose-built site in Haverhill.

“Acrow Galvanizing has successfully operated from Saffron Walden for many years, however the growth of the business and our commitment to ever-more sustainable practices means that we are eager to invest in a new facility, which is fit not just for our requirements today, but which will see us best placed to continue growing in the coming decades too.”

“Acrow Galvanizing is part of Wedge Group Galvanizing, a firm with over 150 years of history, and one with 14 sites strategically located across the length and breadth of the country.

“We’re proud of our role in each and every one of these communities and, should we be successful in our application for a new site in Haverhill, we very much look forward to developing strong relationships here too.”

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