A NEW factory will bring up to 35 jobs to Bangor as part of a multi million pound to improve houses across Gwynedd.
Social housing provider Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd Cyf (CCG) and contractors Nationwide Windows (UK) will open a factory at the Llandygai Industrial Estate in their drive to replace windows and doors in 4,000 tenants’ homes across the county between January and March 2011.
Nationwide director Adrian Pavey said that playing a role in the community was important to the company.
He added: “This could not have come at a better time with new employment opportunities scarce across the country.
“As we deliver these improvements to tenants’ homes we will work closely with CCG to develop our local workforce and ensure that communities in Gwynedd benefit from this significant investment.”
CCG took over the ownership of Gwynedd Council’s housing stock in earlier this year.
The factory is part of the first phase of a £136 million plan to bring homes to the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS).
This phase will also include new central heating systems.
The plan will also include new kitchens and bathrooms, as well as external and environmental improvements.
CCG Chief Executive Ffrancon Williams said that the factory was great news for Gwynedd’s economy.
He added: “One of the promises we made before we took over the ownership of the Councils’ homes was to develop local communities and support the economy of Gwynedd.
“With the opening of the factory in Llandygai I believe that we are doing just that, and beginning to deliver on our promises.”
Bangor Pride chairman and city councillor John Wynn Jones welcomed the factory and hoped that it factory would offer apprentice schemes to develop skill levels.
He added:”This is a chance for them to make a positive contribution to the area.”