Leeds-based bedmaker Harrison Spinks has invested £1.8m in a new wire drawing facility on British Steel’s site in Scunthorpe. The bedmaker will utilise a 40,000 sq ft British Steel building to house two wire drawing lines, set to be installed at the end of April.

Harrison Spinks draw their own wire to make their unique springs on-site in Leeds

These lines will draw the ultra-fine wire used to manufacture Harrison Spinks’ pocket springs, using steel rod from British Steel. The investment will initially create nine jobs, with 13 more to follow when the bedmaker installs a further six wire drawing lines at the facility. These will produce approximately 400t of fine wire for its springs each week.

Richard Essery, MD of Harrison Spinks Components, says: “We have a long-established relationship with British Steel – the manufacturer provides the high-quality wire needed for our innovative spring technology.

“Partnering with British Steel to launch our new wire drawing facility in Scunthorpe not only means we can recycle all steel waste, creating a closed-loop production process, but also allows us to develop a higher grade wire quality, enabling us to produce industry-leading springs for our mattresses.”

As well as producing wire for springs used in mattresses manufactured at Harrison Spinks’ factory in Leeds, the ultra-fine wire drawn in Scunthorpe will be exported.

Part of the investment came from a £150,000 grant from the British Steel Support Fund at North Lincolnshire Council.