Rhino Products is to build a new factory next year featuring custom designed production areas, as it is outgrowing its current site.
The commercial vehicle accessory manufacturer recently announced it is building a new 87,250sqft factory.
Rhino Products formed as a business 15 years ago, and have a product range that includes van roof bars, roof racks, ladder handling systems, steps and rear door ladders.
This announcement comes almost exactly a year on from the news that Rhino Products had bought AVS Steps, a manufacturer of access steps for vehicles. Having incorporated production of all AVS Steps product lines into its Deeside site through investment in an extension to an existing mezzanine floor and the introduction of an additional lean lift, the company are now coming closer to outgrowing this production facility, which also ships orders for customers of all three group European sites and wider export markets.
Work is due to start on this project within the next few weeks, with the new premises scheduled to open in early 2019. The existing 55,000sqft Rhino Products factory in Deeside Industrial Park is located seven miles from the new site. It will remain open, taking the group’s total floor space to over 175,000sqft. The new factory will support continued product and service development for Rhino customers in the UK, Europe, and growing export markets.
Managing Director Steve Egerton explained: “The next few years are looking extremely positive for the business. With five companies in the group and staff levels at a record high of 125 people across all divisions, we are moving from strength to strength by supporting our customers with sector-leading products and support.”
Egerton called the expansion “One of the most exciting chapters” for Rhino Products, adding: “Our customers recognise Rhino as industry leaders because of the quality and passion of our team and it is through our shared belief and determination that we will make the opening of our new factory another rousing Rhino success.”