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Wilton Engineering ‘very positive’ over future after £20 million contract wins

An engineering firm says it is “very positive about the future” and will create jobs after securing projects worth £20 million.

Wilton Engineering has picked up energy and defence sector deals.

Bosses say the agreements – as well as “long-term” partnerships for companies to use its Teesside facilities – leave it well placed to grow and add to its workforce after recently returning to profit.

Roles are set to include as many as 20 apprentices a year, with the firm – which increased its workforce by 120 per cent over the last 12 months – having launched an academy that is supporting an initial group of 30 trainees.

The business, based on a 112-acre site on the banks of the River Tees, designs, makes, blasts and paints large modular structures.

Its progress has been supported by a 58-acre Haverton Hill offshore base, which it bought in 2021 and is used by companies for operational and storage needs.

Bill Scott, chief executive [pictured, above, left], said: “In common with businesses in all industries, the last few years have been particularly challenging.

“However, we have dug in, maintained our focus on quality, safety and setting high industry benchmarks, which has enabled us to secure new work, which continues into our current financial year.

“The return to profit is helping us invest and plan a more sustainable business.”

Bill added: “We are very positive about the future; having a strong order book is allowing us to increase our employment, both on the workshop floor and across management.

“Our dedicated training academy will also provide a structured, practical education that will lead to apprentices becoming integral members of our team.”