A major capital investment programme is underway at Barnsley-based construction products manufacturer Naylor Industries.

Over £2m has been approved for investment in 2014 for an additional kiln for the production of specialist clay drainage pipe.

Established in 1890, Naylor employs around 350 people in the UK across five sites manufacturing a range of clay, plastic and concrete products for construction, building and civil engineering applications. The head office and main manufacturing site, located in Cawthorne, will see a significant boost to its production capacity within 2014.

Naylor’s products are highly regarded overseas with its strong British engineering pedigree. Opportunities to expand its export sales are driving the expansion programme as well as a growing confidence in the UK construction and building industry recovery. Naylor is delighted to have been awarded the Regional Growth Fund which will contribute towards the capital investment.

Earlier this year the company made The Times/HSBC International Track 200 – a list of the top UK companies for export growth and last month won the Insider Made in Yorkshire Exporter of the Year award.

Bridie Warner-Adsetts, chief operating officer at Naylor Industries, said: “We are delighted to be investing in growth and expanding our business due mainly to the fantastic reception our products are receiving overseas. The tremendous support of the Sheffield Local Enterprise Partnership has been pivotal in us reaching the decision to make this investment. We look forward to creating more apprenticeships and skilled job opportunities as a result of this expansion.”

CEO Edward Naylor added: “Following on from very trying times in the construction industry, the business has a new found optimism and confidence. Naylor has over 120 years of proud manufacturing history in the UK and we are very much looking forward to the future.”