A LEADING Brechin business has announced that apprenticeships will be used along with a recruitment drive to help tackle an increase in demand for services.
Hydrus, which relocated to Brechin from Dyce in Aberdeen 18 months ago, has recorded a turnover of more than £3.5 million for year to October 2012.
They currently employ 35 staff and plans are in place to add a further 10 people during this year.
Since the move, Hydrus has experienced considerable growth including its largest ever project to date – a 60,000kg piece of equipment which was fully manufactured in Brechin and assembled on the quayside at nearby Montrose Harbour.
“The project was also the first of its kind for the flourishing port, utilising a dedicated assembly area for projects and systems of this nature.
Commenting on the company’s ongoing success, Hydrus managing director Martin F. Anderson said: “We had reached a point where we needed more space to grow our business and, in the absence of suitable premises in Aberdeen, we decided to move to Brechin due to its excellent infrastructure, including the ever expanding deep water facilities at Montrose Harbour.
“Whilst we still have a presence in Aberdeen, the decision to move continues to pay dividends as we are now able to manufacture much larger packages of equipment in Brechin then capitalise on our excellent proximity to great road links to Aberdeen or Montrose.
“These factors mean we can fulfil the founding principles of the company which are to focus our efforts on customer service, timeliness and quality.”
John Paterson, chief executive at Montrose Port Authority, added: “The success of this quayside project was of benefit to the port, the contractor and the end customer showing that an efficient and imaginative company like Hydrus can work safely on a quayside prior to transport offshore without having to revert to roads which cannot accommodate such structures.”