South West firm lands Crossrail deal
A contract to supply water monitoring equipment to the £15 billion Crossrail scheme to build a new rail link across London has meant recruitment for Okehampton-based Ashridge Engineering.
The firm, which employs 12 people, has taken on an apprentice with plans to recruit another staff member later this year.
The business, based on the North Road Industrial Estate, won a contract to supply 60 of its Hydroguard units, which monitor the noise, flow and pressure of underground water pipes, activating an alarm if unusual activity, such as a leak, is detected.
The business designs and manufactures products for the water and electricity sectors.
"The business started out very small and about six years ago it moved to a factory in Okehampton and it has just been growing and growing ever since," said managing director Alan Orchard.