An engineering company has created 20 new jobs in Leeds after moving into full production of a multi-million pound export order to supply one of the world leaders in light rail systems.
William Cook Rail is manufacturing ultra-high specification cast steel components for Alstom’s range of Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles for service in Ottawa, Canada.
The family-owned business created the 20 engineering jobs to help fulfil the orders, taking headcount to 180 people at the newly modernised factory.
The Citadis Spirit vehicles are designed for high capacity commuter lines and can operate in the most extreme weather conditions.
Sir Andrew Cook, chairman of William Cook, said: “We are proud to be flying the flag for world-class UK manufacturing and securing highly skilled jobs in the North of England. “This represents a major order for our new £15m rail plant in Leeds and we are gearing up for an increase in activity as the year progresses.”