Liberty House starts recruitment drive for 300 new workers at specialty steels business in Yorkshire

Caroline Blennerhassett
New recruits are wanted in the steel industry (Source: Getty)

Metals and industrials group Liberty House is kicking off a recruitment drive for steelworkers, as it expands production at its recently-acquired speciality steels business in South Yorkshire.

The move comes only a month after Liberty's £100m takeover of the business, which led to the creation of 300 new jobs.

Liberty, which is part of the GFG Alliance, bought the speciality steels operation from Tata at the beginning of May as part of a green steel strategy to establish a major integrated, competitive and low-carbon steel and engineering enterprise across the UK.

A key component of this plan is the recycling of scrap steel in arc furnaces powered by renewable energy.

The business will this week start the process of hiring the first 40 new staff, most of whom will be assigned to the bar mill at Rotherham, which is doubling the number of shifts to boost output from 78,000 to 137,000 tonnes a year.

Jon Bolton, chief executive of Liberty Speciality Steels commented: "We have big ambitions for the future so we're eager to start the process… We're looking for recruits from a broad range of backgrounds, especially adaptable people from the locality with a positive attitude and a hunger to learn about steel."

Some of the recruits will work at one of Rotherham's two electric arc furnaces, which will also be increasing production, while others will be based at the company's mill and finishing lines in Stocksbridge.

In the past 18 months, along with its sister company Sinec, Liberty House has invested more than £500m in key industrial assets in Britain and said it “plans to invest hundreds of millions more to ensure the future of these facilities”.

More than two thirds of the steel firm’s products are exported worldwide.

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