Chapel-en-le-Frith firm is streets ahead with new £3m factory

Street Crane's new facility
Street Crane's new facility

The eyes of the world were on Chapel-en-le-Frith last week as a local business marked a major step forward.

Street Crane celebrated the opening of its new £3 million hoist factory with distributors from around the globe being in attendance for the event on Thursday.

The new factory allows the company, which employs 200 staff, to dramatically increase its capacity to produce hoists, which are then exported around the world.

It is expected it will create up to 20 jobs in the next two years.

Chairman Martin Street said: “There wasn’t the opportunity to use the old site because it had already reached capacity so we built the new facility here which is much larger and allows us on a single shift to build about 3,200 hoists a year.

“If we introduced a double shift or a triple shift that would increase again so potentially its a massive increase in production.”

He added: “Crane building is still very much an important part of our business.”

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham said: “I was delighted to officiate at the opening.

“Street Crane are a fantastic local company who export all over world. Indeed, when I visited the troops in Afghanistan a couple of years ago I saw two cranes from Street operating in Camp Bastion.

“I was especially pleased as my late father worked for Street Crane many years ago.

“It’s great to see High Peak companies prospering, expanding and creating more jobs and employment for local people as the economy continues to recover and grow.”