Tyne & Wear

South Tyneside firm Tharsus creates 80 new jobs

Brian Palmer, chief executive of Tharsus.
Image caption Brian Palmer said the area had "taken some knocks"

An engineering firm in South Tyneside has been awarded £690,000 from the government, creating 80 new jobs in the region.

Tharsus, which is based in Hebburn, was offered the grant from the Regional Growth Fund to support investment in new technology.

Over the next two years, 80 new jobs will be made available.

The company, which has a second site in Blyth, also plans to use the money to expand one of the sites by 30,000sq ft.

Chief Executive Brian Palmer, said: "It's extremely positive to be able to announce our success with the RGF bid, especially as South East Northumberland has taken some knocks recently, like the Alcan closure, and we are hopeful of being able to help some of those skilled people back into work.

"This significant funding will help us accelerate our expansion plans, create bright futures for some young people and help us capture a new marketplace which is rife with opportunities."

Formed in 1964, Tharsus currently employs 120 people at its two sites.

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