Marine engineering firm moves to Burton, creating new jobs


A naval engineering firm grows stronger after taking over an industrial unit large enough to work on massive 90-foot canal barges.

Marine and Power Engineering Ltd has moved into the last remaining unit of Steel Fabs Industrial Estate, in Victoria Crescent, Burton, and is now hiring new staff as the business expands.

She has already hired one staff member and hopes to recruit two more later.

The 8,760 square foot unit, located near the Trent and Mersey Canal, will provide the company with plenty of space having previously had 90 foot barges for repairs.

Marine and Power Engineering has been trading since 2015. It started in Kent, but then moved to the Midlands as it is a more central location for coastal areas. He moved to Nottinghamshire before opening in Burton.

Its staff specialize in all aspects of marine propulsion and power generation. This includes the installation, manufacture and maintenance of land and marine generators from 5KW to 11MW.

It also provides marine fabrication and welding services, emergency power solutions and can supply parts worldwide from stock. They are authorized resellers of SDMO KOHLER and Himoinsa products and can provide breakdown coverage with a 24/7 service promise.

The unit was leased by commercial realtors Rushton Hickman.

The business is owned and operated by Alex Vanstone, Natalie Humphries and their team, who said in a statement: “When we saw the location of the unit, it was just perfect for us. Being so close to he extensive road network is ideal for any business operating across the UK.

“We found Rushton Hickman very helpful throughout the process and were very impressed with the turnaround time. Their agent, Simon, was particularly helpful and worked quickly to make sure we closed the deal quickly.

Natalie Humphries, Officer in Charge, added: “Alex started the business in Kent, where he is from, and then came to the Midlands as it is more central compared to the coastal areas.

“We wanted to expand and we had looked for a lot of units and then we found this one. It was because of the space and it has a great connection to the M1 which is great for transport.

“We have two trucks with cranes that transport the boats.”

Rushton Hickman’s sales agent Simon Walker negotiated the deal and added, “The unit is perfect for Alex and Natalie and is ideal with plenty of space, having had 90ft canal barges in situ. for renovations in the past.

“My client is very happy that we have agreed the rental conditions for the last remaining unit on the site with a well established company. Rushton Hickman is proactive in meeting the needs of our customers and despite the pandemic, we have found that demand for industrial units is particularly strong in Burton and the surrounding area. “

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