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A MAJOR UK manufacturer has begun expansion work at its Maybole site which will lead to further jobs created in the Carrick economy.

SAS International has started construction work and the expansion is set to be completed at the end of this year.

The company has invested in the Maybole community for the last 25 years and this investment will not only secure existing jobs at the site but further recruitment is expected once the site is fully operational.

Andrew Jackson of SAS International comments: “It’s great to get work underway on the new extension. We believe investment in operational facilities and skilled labour in the UK is key to ensure both manufacturing and our UK economy stay strong.”

In contrast to recent reports about a downturn in UK manufacturing SAS International recently announced record pre-tax profits for the year end 2010 which saw export orders up 127%.

The Maybole facility is one of the company’s key manufacturing sites and has designed projects worldwide from Australia and the Middle East through to Europe.

The new extension adds capacity and allows further investment in new equipment to help fulfil orders in both the UK and overseas.