Sunderland fabricator expands

vekaSunderland based VEKA fabricator, NE&C (North East & Cumbria) Windows and Doors, has created a number of new jobs and is growing its product range after moving into a larger factory.

The family owned company manufactures a range of PVC-U and aluminium windows, doors and conservatories for the commercial and residential sectors. To meet demand and bring its design and manufacturing operations under one roof, the business has expanded into a 16,000ft2 unit, at Glover Industrial Estate in Washington, from two smaller units on the city’s Pattinson Industrial Estate.

Five new jobs have been created as a result of the move.

Since the business was started a decade ago, by managing director, Ed Ramshaw and wife Heather, the company’s financial director, NE&C has reportedly grown from a turnover of £250,000 to more than £1.3m and a staff of four has increased to 21.

Heather Ramshaw said: “That figure will continue to grow. We’re not looking at a cap on how many people we employ now that we have a factory to grow into in the future.

,“In the last 18 months, we have created a glass production unit and introduced new designs. We are trying to build our portfolio with it all under one roof. We started with PVC-U frames and now the production of bi-fold doors. We are also looking at conservatory roofs in the future. We pride ourselves on the quality of our design, manufacture and service, which means we produce everything in-house and can offer a more competitive price to our customers.”

The business has just won a tender with Sunderland City Council and is also part of the Buy Sunderland First scheme, run by the council to ensure local companies have the opportunity to bid for Local Authority work, keeping money generated in Sunderland within the local economy.

In addition to its North East and Cumbrian heartland, NE&C supplies to construction companies, the private and public sectors, trade and residential customers across the UK. The company is now launching a new website,, to reflect the additional services it provides.

Colin Torley, VEKA’s sales and marketing director, added: “We are delighted to have seen NE&C grow so significantly and move to an impressive new factory. VEKA shares the company’s confidence that it will grow even further and create more jobs in the near future, and we look forward to continuing to work with NE&C for many years to come. Their expansion will undoubtedly be a boost to the local economy and they should be very proud of themselves.”

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