Crown Paints' £1.2 million investment creates 70 jobs in Hull
A £1.2 million investment by an historic Hull manufacturer has created 70 new jobs.
Crown Paints was founded in the city in 1811 and now employs about 180 people at its factory in Sculcoates Lane.
Today, the company has given the city's jobless figures a welcome boost after announcing the opening of a new logistics hub at its plant.
The timely announcement comes after Government figures revealed Hull North is now the hardest place in the country to find work.
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Joe Devitt, managing director at Crown Paints, said: "We are delighted to see jobs being created given such difficult economic circumstances.
"We are really excited about this new development. It is great news for Hull and it underlines our commitment to the area.
"We are proud of our past here and have confidence in the future.
"Last year, we celebrated Crown's 200-year association with production in the city and this is a great way to mark year 201.
Government statistics published this week show there are up to 44 people in Hull chasing each vacancy.
In Hull North, there are 43.6 jobseekers chasing every vacancy– the highest ratio in the country.
Hull East has the eighth-highest number of unemployed people per vacancy in the country, with 30.6 jobseekers chasing every role advertised at Jobcentre Plus.
Crown's new logistics hub will serve customers across the UK and Ireland as well as providing an export base to deliver paint to clients around the world.
This has been enabled by Hull's portside location and close proximity to the motorway network, which underlines how Hull's location is one of the city's greatest assets – not just for the offshore wind industry but for manufacturers operating in all sectors.
Mr Devitt said: "The Hull facility was a natural fit to sit alongside the manufacturing plant we have here.
"We also have another factory in Darwen in Lancashire, so it made sense to serve the eastern side of the Pennines from Hull, which also allows us to reduce the carbon emissions connected with distribution.
"With both sites being critical to the future success of the business, we will continue to invest in our infrastructure in the future."
For the past three years, Crown Paints has been on a mission to become cleaner and greener and it now sends zero waste to landfill from its manufacturing hubs and Crown Decorating Centres in the north of England.
Last year, the company became one of the first UK manufacturers to carbon footprint its entire product range. The groundbreaking step means every one of Crown's 240 ranges – more than half of which are manufactured in Hull– can be analysed at each stage of its lifecycle.
Mr Devitt said: "By reducing our CO2 emissions, this new facility will help us achieve the challenging environmental targets we have set ourselves."
Richard Kendall, manager of the Humber LEP, a private sector-led organisation tasked with promoting the area to attract inward investment and new jobs, said: "Crown Paints is a local success story and it is excellent to see it expanding.
"Hull is a great location for manufacturing and exporting, as developments like this show."
The hub will be staffed and managed by CEVA Logistics, which has already taken on more than 70 new recruits.
Andy Fitt, senior vice president of contract logistics for CEVA in the UK, said: "We are really pleased to be creating these jobs in Hull and supporting the Crown Paints distribution arm in Hull."
The new facility will be officially opened today by councillor Danny Brown, the Lord Mayor of Hull and Admiral of the Humber, and Hull North MP Diana Johnson.