BATLEY and Spen MP Tracy Brabin officially opened a new emergency vehicle factory.
Fire engine manufacturer Angloco opened its new facility on Alexandra Road, Batley, on August 29.
Work being undertaken at the site will include the making of a pioneering fire-fighting boat to be used in South America, as well as supplying 33 fire engines to Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.
A brand-new vehicle, with Ms Brabin on board, was ceremonially driven out of the factory doors to mark the occasion.
The Batley and Spen MP toured the works and met staff, before telling assembled team members: “I’m so proud that engines built in this Batley factory are being used right across the world, to carry out important and often lifesaving skills.
“Our communities have a rich history of manufacturing and Angloco are an important part of that.”
The addition of the 12,000 sq ft site, separate from its 30,000 sq ft headquarters nearby, means the manufacturers will now be able to turn out more than 100 fire engines a year.
Alistair Brown, managing director at Angloco, said: “I can’t thank the production team enough for working so hard to make this happen.
“They have done a fantastic job getting the new space up and running.”
The company are now looking to take on 15 new employees before the end of the year.