Angela Constance, Minister for Youth Employment, has announced the creation of 35 new jobs at engineering manufacturing company WGM Engineering Ltd in Livingston which will significantly expanded its facilities in Livingston to accommodate growth in the business and oil and gas sector.
WGM Engineering Ltd is a leading engineering solutions company working with a range of companies from water and waste sector to petro chemical and power generation throughout the UK and abroad.
The investment by the company to expand its workforce has been enhanced through £200,000 in Regional Selective Assistance (RSA), awarded through Scottish Enterprise and will bring the total number of jobs, split between the Livingston and Govan site, to 168.
Ian Mathieson, Managing Director, WGM Engineering said: “We are investing heavily in our facilities and our workforce because we recognise that our primary market in the oil and gas sector is forecast to grow strongly over the next few years, both in the UK and overseas. This new investment and expansion will help ensure WGM Engineering has the capacity to capture a share of that growth.
“Our recent investment to build a bespoke 15,000 ft2 state of the art service centre which is to our new workshop and head office complex means the workshop houses an extended machining facility, new motor rewind centre, 25 tonne overhead crane, new shot blasting suite, pump repair workshop, dynamic balancing for rotating equipment and a state of the art pump test facility.
“These new premises represent the biggest single investment in WGM’s history and reflect our ongoing commitment to improving quality and service provision to our customers.
The Minister said: “This is a testament to the quality and skills of the local workforce. Scotland’s energy sector boasts strong engineering and manufacturing skills that are globally recognised across the oil and gas industry”
Lena Wilson, Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise, said: “WGM Engineering’s decision to invest in its Livingston facility and expand its capabilities reinforces the significant business growth opportunities available in Scotland’s oil and gas supply chain. We are pleased to support the company’s expansion plans through Regional Selective Assistance support and look forward to seeing the company go from strength to strength as it develops its presence in the oil and gas industry.”