L-R: James Cooney, MD; Peter Hubbard, Developer; Kevin Cooney, Director
With over three years in the planning stages, Cooney Marine’s expansion project is now underway following delays due to the pandemic.
This is the largest expansion in the firm’s history, with a 9,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art production facility, and a high-tech design and technology centre being realised.
“After a difficult decision in March where we furloughed 70 staff in Kettering and 30 in Poole, I couldn’t be happier,” says James Cooney, Managing Director. “To finally get underway with this extension is great news, we have managed to un-furlough over 95% of our staff and our orderbooks have returned to a good level considering the pandemic. The extra 9,000 sq. ft of space will be used to manufacture high quality railings and parts for some of the finest superyachts in the world. We have awarded the build contract to a local company, so it is great to put something back and help to get the economy going again.”
The extension comes after Cooney Marine started its own training academy last year. The academy has been EAL (Excellence, Achievement and Learning) approved and Cooney Marine now has its own certification status, training apprentices to fully skilled engineers.
Cooney Marine manufactures stainless-steel boat fitting and railings in the UK and has a sister company Cooney South in Poole. The companies have a combined turnover just under £9 million and process over 5 km of stainless-steel tube every month.