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Dowty Propellers to move production to Mitcheldean

Fire damage at Dowty's in Staverton Image copyright Tim Clapp
Image caption The fire service was called to the fire at Dowty's shortly after midnight

An aircraft propeller manufacturer has found an interim site for production after its Gloucestershire factory was devastated by a fire.

The Dowty site in Staverton is being demolished after the blaze in February which destroyed its production line.

Parent company GE Aviation has found a new site in Mitcheldean, 16 miles (25km) away, where it will redeploy the bulk of the 230-strong workforce.

The cause of the fire is still unknown and remains under investigation.

Image copyright Tim Clapp
Image caption Twenty-nine staff were evacuated from the site

A spokesperson for GE Aviation said the intent was to use the new facility at Vantage Point Business Village for the next two to three years.

It is hoped manufacturing will begin there in May once a lease has been agreed and the building prepared for use.

Dowty's main production line makes propellers for the C130J Super Hercules and the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400.

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Image caption Dowty makes propellers for the C130J Super Hercules (right) and the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 (left)

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