Historic Hull firm Shipham Valves moves to the Humber Enterprise Park
The Hull business started life as a brass foundry supplying fishing and commercial shipping on the Humber. Set-up in 1798, Shipham Valves will be one of the longest established firms on site.
Now part of Finnish manufacturing firm Wartsila, Shipham Valves was approached by the Ministry of Defence in the 1930s to begin supplying the British navy, before expanding into the offshore oil and gas industry in the 1970s.
The company has begun work on the new premises at the HEP as it relocates from its current base in Hawthorn Ave, west Hull. Chris Harding, Managing Director, Shipham Valves, said: “The facility gives us a blank canvas to establish a state-of-the-art, highly-flexible and modular manufacturing footprint.
“It also provides room for significant expansion and more importantly, gives a greater opportunity to become more operationally excellent, which is of significant benefit to our customers.”
James Appleton-Metcalfe, managing director of HEP owner’s Citivale, said: “Humber Enterprise Park is proud of its own important heritage so we are delighted to welcome a Hull business which also has a long history.
“Shipham Valves’ move to the park is also about looking forward, however, and demonstrates that our location offers excellence to ambitious firms as we continue to attract exciting new tenants.”