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New contracts need new recruits

Large composite structures and GRP mouldings manufacturer NORCO is expanding and recruiting in all areas in response to significant contracts awarded in global defence, aerospace, and subsea markets.

NORCO has grown over the last 35 years from a GRP tank manufacturer to a service-oriented company, offering technical support to Defence, Aerospace, and Marine projects to build large composite structures. This high-demand expertise has led to significant investment in the existing 6 facilities and 170 employees, with further growth ongoing as an influx of additional contracts continues into 2023.

NORCO’s 5-year plan includes specialist training programme for existing and new employees to support future demand. The various types of work and emphasis on investment in the local community allow employees to increase their skill set and cross-train between departments, supporting and expanding NORCO’s technical capability.

Production Manager Simon Mitchell comments, “I worked my way up to Production Manager throughout my 22 years with NORCO. I started by gaining knowledge as a laminator of mouldings & processes and continued to progress to a supervisor and now a management position.”

“Some of my favourite work has utilised the team’s expertise on specialist applications in renewables energy sectors, testing a 9-metre tidal turbine blade was a personal highlight!”

Programme Manager, Steve Ross adds, “I joined Norco in 2014 on the shop floor as a laminator. With the wide variety of projects available, I was able to get involved with creating documents for some of the new projects being worked on. This enabled me to progress to a Manufacturing Engineer role and then onto Production and Programme Management.”

“I have been lucky enough to work on some fantastic projects from Marine, Automotive and UAV’s. One of the key projects involved building a large carbon fibre flying wing with 42m wingspan and only weighing 120kg.”

During the next few months, NORCO aims to recruit 10-plus workers, bolstering its 170-strong workforce based across several sites in Dorset, UK.

Managing Director Mark Northey said, “We’re able to offer competitive rates of pay along with fantastic benefits and the opportunity for training and career advancement. The Defence, Aerospace and Subsea sectors are in a strong position for the next ten years, which provides welcomed job security. Securing more skilled workers is now the key to maintaining growth.”

Exhibitor; Norco
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