GK Fabrications

Family-run Sunderland firm aims for major 50% growth following several business wins

A family-run fabrications firm is aiming for 50 per cent growth after upgrading its factory space and winning several international contracts.

GK Fabrications, a provider of structural and architectural metal and steel services, has swapped its 2,800 sq ft former base for a 10,500 sq ft manufacturing space at Pallion Industrial Estate.

The move aims to see the business more than double its current capability, provide new services to clients and grow its workforce.

Long standing international projects have helped the business achieve a 30 per cent growth year-on-year for the last three years, and with the additional workspace and updated equipment, GK Fabrications plans to grow by a further 50 per cent in 2020.

The new site, owned by UK Land Estates - the largest commercial property investment and development company in the North East - gives the firm easy access to transport links and Sunderland city centre, which is vital to GK Fabrications’ future operations.

Gary King, founder of GK Fabrications, said: “Despite the challenging financial and political climate we have managed to grow our business year on year and our new base is the perfect way for us to keep expanding.

“There is also plenty of space on site for the addition of new equipment that is streamlining our processes and helping to make our business more efficient. It’s an exciting time for the business and I can’t wait to see where we are in the next few years.”

GK Fabrications is joining neighbouring tenants Jewsons, Toolstation and 4Louis - who have also recently moved to the estate.

David Gibbs, commercial director at UK Land Estates, added: “Our mission is to provide businesses with a range of property solutions that meet commercial needs.

“It’s great to see a local, family-run firm thriving in the current economic climate and proving that the North East is a great place to do business.”