Luxury bed maker boosts job creation in Scunthorpe with new manufacturing facility

Leeds-based bedmaker Harrison Spinks has invested £1.8m in a new wire drawing facility on British Steel’s site in Scunthorpe, which will lead to the creation of 22 new jobs.

The bedmaker will utilise a 40,000 sqft British Steel building to house two wire drawing lines, set to be installed at the end of April.

These lines will draw the ultra-fine wire used to manufacture Harrison Spinks’ pocket springs, using steel rod from British Steel. The investment will initially create nine jobs, with 13 more to follow when the bedmaker installs a further six wire drawing lines at the facility. These will produce approximately 400t of fine wire for its springs each week.

Richard Essery, MD of Harrison Spinks Components, says: “We have a long-established relationship with British Steel – the manufacturer provides the high-quality wire needed for our innovative spring technology.

“Partnering with British Steel to launch our new wire drawing facility in Scunthorpe not only means we can recycle all steel waste, creating a closed-loop production process, but also allows us to develop a higher grade wire quality, enabling us to produce industry-leading springs for our mattresses.

“The investment in this new wire drawing facility is part of our wider business strategy to become world leaders in sustainable mattress and comfort innovation. We look forward to working with British Steel moving forward in order to further expand the new wire drawing site with the help of additional investment, further boosting job creation in the region.”

As well as producing wire for springs used in mattresses manufactured at Harrison Spinks’ factory in Leeds, the ultra-fine wire drawn in Scunthorpe will be exported.

Richards Sims, British Steel's Wire Rod MD, says: “Quality and innovation are cornerstones of both companies’ products so we’re delighted to strengthen our partnership with Harrison Spinks. By working together on product development and manufacturing, we’ll be able to further improve our wire rod grades and ensure end-users continue receiving the market-leading products synonymous with Harrison Spinks and British Steel.”

Part of the investment came from a £150,000 grant from the British Steel Support Fund at North Lincolnshire Council.