Portland business set for expansion after record turnover on 10-year anniversary

Dorset Echo: EXPANSION PLANS: Calvin Samways at Sea-NC EXPANSION PLANS: Calvin Samways at Sea-NC

A PORTLAND-based business has revealed plans for expansion as it announces record turnover and production.

Sea-NC, based at the Southwell Business Park on the island, announced the plans to create up to five new jobs as the company celebrates its 10 year anniversary.

Founded by Calvin Samways in 2004, the company specialises in high precision engineering mechanical components and has just invested over £500,000 in new machinery to help deal with increasing demand.

The company designs products for the defence market, and also has a strong presence in the Oil and Gas markets, plus the Petrochemical, Waste Water, Marine and Motorsport industries.

Mr Samways said: “We have just spent a lot of money investing in our machinery which we are hoping will help the business expand even more.

“We are already looking into future expansion. We want to take more people on, probably creating another two or three jobs and we want it to be local jobs for local people.

“We have just agreed another big order, and I think we might have to move into shift work to try and meet the demand.”

Mr Samways has also credited the recession for the business boom, and he said he was one of the companies that benefitted from it. He said: “The recession was certainly a difficult period and we were hit hard by it, but not as bad as others. Companies were being forced to close, but their customers still required the work to be done so we picked up quite a few customers that way.

“Sometimes I have got to kick myself to see if it’s real. I would never have dreamt it would have got this far in 10 years, it’s a dream come true. We certainly haven’t had it on a plate, there has been a lot of long hours and we have worked very hard at it.

“Production is the highest it has ever been. We have had a record month and we are now looking forward to the next five years.”

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