Aston Martin today, the 3rd August, announced local firm TRJ Ltd as the selected construction partner for ‘Phase 2’ of the conversion contract at the St Athan manufacturing facility.
This contract was formally advertised through the Welsh Government’s Sell 2 Wales site, receiving significant interest from firms across the UK. But it was the local Ammanford based TRJ who were ultimately successful, following on from their award of Phase 1 in December 2016.
Work is already underway at St Athan and will focus on turning the three ‘Super Hangars’ into an Aston Martin manufacturing facility.
Aston Martin President and CEO Andy Palmer commented: “This is yet another step on our journey in Wales, with the facility now starting to take shape. TRJ have proven themselves during ‘Phase 1’ and we look forward to working with them over the course of this next phase of the project.”
In February 2016, Aston Martin announced that it had chosen St Athan from 20 potential global locations as its second manufacturing facility. A recruitment drive last year began the search for up to 750 new employees who will work at the facility. Over 40 employees who will work at St Athan have already been hired and are working and training at the company’s manufacturing facility in Gaydon, Warwickshire.
First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones said: “Our decision to open our Sell to Wales procurement channel to Aston Martin was designed to ensure that businesses right across Wales feel the benefit of the company’s decision to locate here.
“I am so pleased that Ammanford based firm TRJ have been successful in winning the contract for the next phase of construction of Aston Martin’s manufacturing facility at St Athan. This is exactly the sort of outcome we had hoped for and I look forward to seeing more Welsh businesses benefitting in the coming months.”