Antarctic role for winch firm

Jeff Wilson of Lebus Engineering, whose firm's massive winch systems are used al around the world in exploration and on oil rigs etc.

Jeff Wilson of Lebus Engineering, whose firm's massive winch systems are used al around the world in exploration and on oil rigs etc.

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AFTER 19 years on Poulton Industrial estate, Lebus International Engineers has moved to larger premises on Blackpool Business Park.

And that’s because the firm has big plans for the future – not least sending some of its equipment to a sub-glacial lake in the Antarctic.

The business was established in the UK in 1962 having an American parent company originally formed in Texas in 1900.

Lebus is now internationally known for its special method of grooving applied to winch drums of all types and sizes.

Director Jeff Wilson said the firm’s ties to the oil industry gave it a healthy future.

He added: “The offshore oil industry is going further afield and they keep needing bigger, stronger and larger equipment and at any time our equipment might be in West Africa, the North Sea and Brazil

“We’ve been at this site since April and we’ve taken on more staff.”

The firm now employs 24 people on the site – with more jobs likely to be created soon.

Mr Wilson added: “We have an interesting project at the moment – Lake Ellsworth is a sub-glacial lake in the Antarctic. In December, a team of British scientists will drill 3km to it, to see if there are life forms there. It will be our winch that sends the probe.”