Fifty new jobs as Telford manufacturer expands

By Thom Kennedy | Telford | Business | Published:

Shropshire prototyping specialist Proto Labs is to create 50 jobs at its Telford factory following investment at the site.

CNC milling at Proto Labs

The company, which already has 360 employees at its UK headquarters at Halesfield, is now expanding again.

Growth in output in recent years has led the company to need the new staff, and it is looking for people with manufacturing, office and engineering experience to work with advanced, evolving technologies, especially CNC machining and injection moulding.

General manager Lee Ball said: “A business like ours, which stems from innovative foundations, needs quality teams to continually evolve.

"With our growth trajectory, we are aiming to boost our workforce to help drive the business forward; engineers and designers, and those equipped with STEM qualifications are essential for what we do.

"Our specific requirements are none standard for the manufacturing sector, we offer challenging roles support computerised systems and processes. Investing in and developing skilled employees is vital to us; particularly as we need specialist expertise to operate our machinery and fulfil our manufacturing processes.”

The company has invested significantly in its Telford operations this year, including buying six new moulding machines and 26 CNC machines for its factory. It was also revealed in July that the company had put £3.6 million into infrastructure at the site.

The company helps with the development of prototypes using a variety of manufacturing methods.

Products coming to market with help from Proto Labs this year have included a self-warming ice cream scoop and butter knife, a bike rack which can be fitted to any car, a camera kit to help people put their equipment close to nesting birds, and a system for complex food safety tests.


HR manager Josie Plant said: "These vacancies are opportunities to build a successful, long term career at Proto Labs.

"We are proud of our track record as an employer and determined to build on this in the years ahead as the company grows.

"A mix of skills, enthusiasm, talent and ambition are the attributes that drive Proto Labs’ innovative culture, which are vital for the company’s future, delivering world-class services to our customers.”

Thom Kennedy

By Thom Kennedy
Business Editor - @tkennedy_star

Shropshire Star Business Editor


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