Engineer intends to create 500 new jobs

Alan Lusty of adi Group
Alan Lusty of adi Group
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A national engineering firm with an operation in Blackpool has begun the New Year with a bang, announcing that it will create 500 new jobs by 2020, doubling its staff in five years.

Providing total engineering solutions to clients including a number of major global names with significant operations in the UK and Ireland, adi Group has a history of exponential growth.

It said it is now on track to generate major employment opportunities within the next five years.

Founded as a single business by chief executive Alan Lusty in 1990, the Group has quadrupled in size since 2005, and today boasts a turnover of £80m and 450 employees.

Its Blackpool operation at Olympic Court, on the Whitehills Business Park focuses on smart metering.

It has seen geographic expansion across the UK, now with a total of 12 operations, including the base in Blackpool.

Underpinned by its ongoing strategy of adding a new business, division or market sector to the Group every 12-18 months and ensuring that 85 per cent of its engineering projects are delivered using their own employees, adi plans to maximise profitability and fuel a sharp increase in personnel. With current clients based in the aerospace, automotive, defence, food and drink, manufacturing, petrochemicals and pharmaceutical sectors, plans also include ongoing investment in new services, with a major launch into the packaging sector expected later this year.

Alan Lusty, chief executive officer said: “While still a challenge for many, a number of the markets that we service have seen steady growth in capital investment over recent years, and we expect that trend to continue.

“At the same time however, our clients are under increased pressure to deliver cost reductions, which can be realised in part through our self-delivery model. By delivering our services in-house, we can be confident in the quality of our offering as well as our ability to manage tightly and provide streamlined communication channels to our customers.

“Now, our job will be to continue to support the development of the next generation talent, working with Government, local authorities and education partners to inspire the young engineers of tomorrow.”