A COMPANY has underlined its commitment to manufacturing in Haydock after unveiling a new facility, which has created eight new jobs.

Pyroguard, a specialist manufacturer of fire safety glass, says its new base represents a "significant investment".

The new facility focuses on the production of toughened fire-rated glazing.

It aims to complement the manufacturer’s existing Haydock facility where glazing has been crafted since 2002.

St Helens North MP Conor McGinn MP and Pyroguard’s chief executive Neil Tilsley led the official ribbon cutting event.

“The opening of our new facility is a significant investment for us which demonstrates our commitment to manufacturing in Haydock,” said Mr Tilsley.

“That isn’t only beneficial for our customers, with reduced lead times and consistent premium quality across our entire range, but has also allowed us to utilise the skills of the talented individuals we have in the UK, especially here in Haydock, through the expansion of our existing team.”

Mr McGinn added: “I was delighted to officially open Pyroguard’s new site in Haydock producing specialist glass for both domestic and export markets.

"The operation of the company’s second St Helens-based facility will create skilled jobs in the borough and demonstrates how the manufacturing sector plays a vital role in our local, regional and national economy.

"I want to thank Pyroguard for their 30-year association with St Helens and this vote of confidence in our borough. I know the company will go from strength-to-strength and be great ambassadors for the glass industry, our region and UK manufacturing."

In opening their new facility, Pyroguard says it has mirrored the set-up of its largest facility for toughened fire safety glass in France to deliver an enhanced service for customers in the UK.