Morlich Homes Limited set to create green jobs in Moray
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A NEW £1.1m project is set to create up to 14 full time jobs in Moray.
Morlich Homes Limited (MHL) has started work on a new production facility for sustainable homes after purchasing a site at Elgin Business Park.
The firm has secured investment of £87,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) towards office fitting costs of £189,000.
The funding was secured through the Green Jobs Fund in light of the energy saving benefits of the project.
John Main, Director of MHL, said: "Our new 6500Sq ft production facility represents a significant investment for the business and underpins our commitment to delivering quality energy efficient homes in locations throughout the region.
"We have been planning to relocate our office and create a new timber frame facility for a few years. Elgin Business Park presented us with the ideal opportunity to relocate our business within Moray providing our clients and workforce with good connectivity and a number of sustainable transport options."
Steve Richards, Business Development Account Manager with HIE, added: "This project will provide security for employees of MHL as well as create many new skilled jobs. It will bring about several environmental benefits linked to low carbon and waste reduction.
"I am very pleased we have been able to support this initiative through the Green Jobs Fund and look forward to continuing to work with MHL as they develop the new facility."
The project will take around one year to complete at which point turnover is expected to reach £2.4m within three years.
The new facility will enable MHL to deliver thermally efficient modular timber frame homes on all of its developments in Moray.
The energy saving design of the homes will significantly lower carbon emissions and energy costs.
Richard Lochhead, Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work, said: "I am pleased to see the Fund supporting our green recovery and creating new opportunities for people to move into growing sectors like modular timber."
MHL currently builds around 40-50 homes a year in the Moray and Highland area.
The firm is currently building in seven locations throughout Moray with another three sites and 174 homes planned in 2022.