Expanding firm gives town jobs boost

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ONE of Daventry’s biggest employers is expanding, creating more than 70 new jobs in the town.

Cummins, based in Royal Oak Way South, has now increased the manufacture of diesel engines from 28 to 32-34 engines per day and is taking on around 74 extra skilled workers.

Dot Boyles, HR leader for the site, said: “At the moment we have around 1,350 workers.

“Business is good and we have a good reputation. People around the world want Cummins Daventry engines and that is why demand is going up.”

It marks a significant turnaround for the company which, in 2009, was forced to shed a significant portion of the 1,200 workers it then employed.

Since then the firm has bounced back and even expanded.

Cllr Chris Over is economic, regeneration and employment portfolio holder at DDC. He said: “I think the whole of Daventry and the district would support Cummins in this expansion.

“This is excellent news for the town and district.

“It’s good news for the firm, and the workers and their families. But it also has benefits to the wider community as that money gets spent in local shops; and there’s the sub-contractors as well.

“It couldn’t have come at a better time when the UK economy is struggling to get any momentum going.”