A THRIVING Halesowen manufacturing firm has bought an Oldbury engineering company.

Somers Forge has purchased A&B Richardson Engineering, on Seven Stars Road.

Somers Forge, on Prospect Road, is a world leading manufacturer for the shipping and marine industries.

Last year it splashed out £1million on a new piece of machinery - and now it is going from strength to strength and has bought out the firm, which will continue to operate as A&B Richardson Engineering.

It is currently hiring more machinists with jobs going.

Alex Cross, Somers Forge Production Director, said: “Last year we made a million-pound investment on a new CNC vertical boring machine which will help us to manage capacity for that range of product.

"We also recognised the need for greater capacity with CNC milling so the acquisition of A&B Richardson was the perfect solution.

"The purchase has tripled our CNC machining capacity and further enhanced our capabilities, allowing us to continue to offer competitive lead times and products of the highest quality’’.

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The acquisition of the machine shop is part of Somers Forge's long term strategy to expand machining capacity after seeing increased demand.

A&B Richardson has been a trusted sub-contract machining facility, used by Somers Forge for many years.