Work has started on a UK£3.5m investment at Lafarge’s Cauldon cement works which could create new jobs.
New equipment will be installed to increase production of the firm’s Mastercrete cement packed in weatherproof, tear-resistant plastic.
Manager Nicolas Maes said it was needed to cope with increased demand.
He added that it would also enable the Hope works, in the Peak District, to concentrate on bulk supplies via its upgraded rail link.
The warehouse at Cauldon will be extended and the weighbridges improved. Nicolas said the investment would improve safety for workers and lorry drivers.
He added: "This is an exciting period for the team here in 2007, our 50th year of operation on this site. As well as reinforcing Cauldon Works’ place in the Lafarge network for the future, this investment programme will ultimately mean that there will be potential for expanding the works team.