ASTON Martin today named TRJ Ltd as its selected construction partner for the second phase of the conversion contract at St Athan.
The contract was advertised on the Welsh government’s Sell2Wales website, receiving lots of interest from firms across the UK. But it was the local Ammanford-based TRJ that was ultimately successful, following its award of the first phase last December.
Work is already under way on the former MoD land at St Athan and will focus on turning the three super-hangars there into an Aston Martin manufacturing facility.
Aston Martin president and chief executive Andy Palmer said: ‘This is yet another step on our journey in Wales, with the facility now starting to take shape. TRJ have proven themselves during Phase 1 and we look forward to working with them over the course of this next phase of the project.’
In February 2016, Aston Martin announced that it had chosen St Athan from 20 potential global locations as its second manufacturing plant. A recruitment drive last year began the search for up to 750 new employees who will work there. More than 40 employees who will work at St Athan have already been hired and are working and training at the company’s manufacturing facility in Gaydon, Warwickshire.
First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones said: ‘Our decision to open our Sell2Wales procurement channel to Aston Martin was designed to ensure that businesses right across Wales feel the benefit of the company’s decision to locate here.
‘I am so pleased that Ammanford-based firm TRJ have been successful in winning the contract for the next phase of construction of Aston Martin’s manufacturing facility at St Athan. This is exactly the sort of outcome we had hoped for and I look forward to seeing more Welsh businesses benefiting in the coming months.’
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