(L-R) Matthew Hunt of Port of Sunderland, Dale Barry of DLAW and Cllr Graeme Miller, chair of the port board and leader of Sunderland City Council.
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Manufacturing company expands North East presence 150%

A manufacturing business has announced that it is expanding its presence in the North East by 150 per cent.

DLAW Contractors, a manufacturer of industrial heating and cooling systems, is expanding its footprint at Port of Sunderland, a year after its launch.

The company is now continuing to expand its presence at Port of Sunderland, with the acquisition of a larger building just yards from its initial facility, increasing its capacity by 150 per cent from 200 sq m to 500 sq m.

The company’s investment in a second facility at the port follows a series of contract wins that has seen the firm not only secure the installation work for its cooling systems but also diversify into new markets.

Dale Barry, managing director at DLAW, commented: “DLAW started from two containers, one of which was a cutting bay and the other a welding bay.

“Three months later, we took up our first space and now we’ve expanded yet again with the purchase and fit-out of a second unit.

“It all started from one customer, who I knew personally, asking us to help design a new containerised plug and play solution that would make the process of drying arable produce and chilling dairy products a lot cheaper and more efficient.

“We completed the first order and once the client saw the standard of manufacture, that was it.

“They asked if we could begin producing them on mass, and DLAW was born.”

Lee Ashman, co-founder, added: “It’s been a whirlwind first year for us and we’re excited to see what the future has in store.

“Our new manufacturing facility will not only allow us to increase output but will also see us diversify into new sectors and continue bringing high-skilled job opportunities to the city.”

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