Jarrow engineering firm UTS lands £5million contract, securing 200 jobs and creating 35 new roles

A South Tyneside engineering firm has secured a major contract which will help it secure 200 jobs and creating 35 new roles.

Friday, 29th January 2021, 12:00 pm
Updated Friday, 29th January 2021, 12:00 pm

UTS Engineering, based on Jarrow’s Bede Industrial Estate, has secured £5million worth of work with one of the UK’s largest water companies. This is to be carried out over the next five years.

The name of the water company awarding the contract is yet to be revealed.

However, the project covers a variety of pipe products and services. These include specialised manufacture of pipework and fittings, as well as 24-hour emergency service to respond to burst pipes and other major incidents which might occur.

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UTS Engineering has won a £5 million contract which will create 35 new jobs>. Picture by Stu Norton.

UTS specialises in this field. The company already gives emergency response to other water companies. It provided them with assistance in trying circumstances over the Christmas period, and during all of the UK’s lockdowns since March 2020.

The firm was founded in the mid 1990’s as a supplier of components to the UK water industry. It has gone from strength to strength and now sells to pipeline projects around the world.

They are delighted with the new work coming their way.

Framework director Paul Douthwaite said: “We are extremely proud to win this contract, as the water company recognised the need for a dedicated emergency response function, to ensure customer supply remains constant.

“Our capabilities in this arena are second to none as we are able to quickly design, manufacture and install fittings and pipework with minimal notice.

“This contract not only helps secure just under 200 existing jobs, but we will also be looking to create another 35 local jobs.”

UTS has ambitions to expand in 2021 and the contract provides a great platform to achieve this.

Managing director Shaun Sadler said: “This framework is yet another example of our team’s dedication to bring best in class products and service delivery to our customers. We are focused entirely on agile response, as in our industry time, is of critical importance.

“We are looking forward to supporting our clients through the uncertainty of the future, reassuring them that they are relying on the emergency response experts.”

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