A LIGHTING firm is sparking new business around Rotherham, after opening a new street lamp factory.
The production line is part of a £4 million investment by ASD Lighting — where Rotherham United chairman Tony Stewart is managing director.
The company has taken on 50 new designers, technicians and production staff, as company turnover grows by a third each year.
The company’s success will shine on its suppliers around the borough, said company director Julie Hunt.
“This will have a positive impact on the region,” said Julie. “We supply nationwide and worldwide.
“We have several suppliers in Rotherham and their business has seen an increase as a result of our growth.”
She added: “We’ve gutted one of our warehouses and turned it into a manufacturing plant.
“As a result, we have had to take on 50 new recruits to support our continuing growth.”
The firm has also appointed two new directors and a new manager, all of whom started on the production line.
Tony’s son Richard Stewart becomes deputy managing director at the firm, having joined in 1993.
Darrell Clark is now supply chain and process director, after starting at the firm in 1989 and Ian Skirrow is now purchasing manager, having worked his way up since 1997.