Local Brechin 
business receives visit from Angus Provost

From left: Martin ANderson, Hydrus MD, Roy Jonhston, Business Advisor Angus Council; Agniezka Greaves, Hydrus: Steve Wilson, Senior Development Officer, Angus Council; and Provost Helenn Oswald

From left: Martin ANderson, Hydrus MD, Roy Jonhston, Business Advisor Angus Council; Agniezka Greaves, Hydrus: Steve Wilson, Senior Development Officer, Angus Council; and Provost Helenn Oswald

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On Friday, Angus Provost, Helen Oswald, visited Hydrus, which moved to Brechin in 2011 from their former Aberdeen base.

Since moving to Brechin the engineering company has expanded it’s workforce from six to over 40.

At Friday’s visit the company’s managing director, Martin Anderson, took Provost Oswald on a guided tour of the company’s engineering facilities at Eastmill Road in Brechin, which occupies part of the former Kelman engineering works.

Commenting on the visit Provost Oswald said: “The Hydrus group is a relatively recent and very welcome addition to our local engineering and manufacturing sector, and is another example of successful enterprise and innovation in Angus.

“Their relocation of their business to Brechin has benefited the company, their clients and the wider Angus economy. Their long term commitment to a significant portion of the old Kelman works was instrumental in securing the future of that important employment site for Brechin.”

It was a meeting between Hydrus and Angus Council team at the All Energy Show in Aberdeen in May 2011 which led to the company’s relocation. Hearing of the company’s desire to shift operations out of Aberdeen, the council’s business development team arranged for Hydrus to view the premises on the former Kelman site. By November the company had signed a 10-year lease.

Speaking on the move to Angus, Hydrus managing director Martin Anderson said: “We now have engineering, fabrication, machining, waterjet cutting, assembly and testing all on one site. We’ve taken advantage of space available and have already expanded both our workforce and our operations on the site.

“The proximity of deep-water access at Montrose Port is an added bonus for us and our customers, as it offers a flexible and very cost-effective alternative to Aberdeen. This is of particular relevance to us as we are looking to make the most of growing opportunities in renewables, particularly wave and tidal, and have already worked on pilot projects for developers in the emerging technologies.”