AN internationally-renowned manufacturer is on the road to success after investing £250,000 to expand their business.

Wheelwash Ltd has moved into bigger premises on Road Four on Winsford Industrial Estate after it outgrew its previous home.

The council’s business growth team helped the 30-year-old company find a larger unit where it can continue to grow and create jobs.

The firm builds, sells and rents systems which clean the dirt from large vehicles as they leave construction and landfill sites.

Water is sprayed onto the wheels and underneath each vehicle as it leaves sites, cleaning it in a matter of seconds.

Managing director Ian Jolly said: “Most drivers have experienced driving over muddy marks outside construction sites. We are trying to stop that dirt going out onto the highway.

"We moved here because we needed a much larger fabrication area. We wanted a more permanent home so we invested £250,000 at the property.

“The equipment we produce can be very difficult to handle so a large building is essential.

“The main reason for moving into this location is it’s about the long term nature of the business so we can look to expand into new areas. We work a considerable amount more now internationally and that should be good for the local economy.

"There is good access to the motorway and major roads from here. With the equipment being large, most of it goes as an oversize load. The industrial estate offers that easy access.

“We are recruiting five positions, right across the business to secure ourselves for the future, the majority of the positions we are offering are new roles.

" A lot of applications have been from the local area so that is quite critical. Being here secures that long term growth, securing more employment for the area and who knows where that will take us as a business."

Up to 1,500 jobs could be created on the industrial estate after the council’s partnership with Public Sector Plc won planning permission for the development of 56,900 square metres of additional industrial, commercial floorspace.

Plans for a petrol station, a pub and a hotel are also in the pipeline.

Councillor Brian Clarke, cabinet member for economic development and infrastructure, said: “Wheelwash Ltd is an expanding company and its decision to move to our borough and invest in the future of Winsford Industrial Estate is further recognition for the work the council is putting into expanding and improving this employment area.

“The estate is in a prime location in the north west and securing planning permission to make more commercial land available will result in the creation of many more jobs which can only good for our local community.”