Published Monday 23 February 2015 at 16:02
Up to 80 new jobs could be created after Security firm Chubb announced a multi-million pound plan to redevelop its Blackburn site.
Blackburn with Darwen Council provided support to the company, which has helped to secure this investment in the borough.
Chubbs plans to demolish its existing three buildings on the Shadsworth Business Park and replace them with a new £4m campus.
It will bring staff to Blackburn from its sister companies Otis, which manufactures lifts and people moving equipment, and Carrier, which makes heating, air conditioning and refrigeration products.
The new development will mean there will be 500 staff permanently based on-site.
Blackburn with Darwen council leader Kate Hollern said: “This is a major investment by a global business and means a long-term commitment to the borough with all that entails including new jobs for residents. It also shows the confidence that industry-leading brands such as Chubb have in deciding to make the borough their home.We have worked closely with Chubb to secure this deal, which underscores the council’s commitment to working with business to deliver wider prosperity now and in the future.”
Staff will transfer from existing Chubb sites in Middleton, North Manchester, and Luton in Bedfordshire.
Some 30 jobs will move to Blackburn later this year as the firm’s credit control function moves to the Shadsworth site.
Construction will start in the summer and up to 80 news jobs could be created when the facility is completed by the end of next year.
It will be the new home for Chubb Community Care and Chubb Systems, including their research and development and engineering teams.
Alastair Reynolds, managing director of Chubb Fire and Security, said: “The new office building will be equipped with advanced solutions from Chubb Fire and Security, Otis and Carrier. We are the world leader in building solutions, and this building will embody that distinction. It will be an environmentally responsible, smart and energy-efficient workplace.”