On January 21, 2011, -David C. Mortimer, CEO of Firth Rixson, speaks to an audience of customers at the new Firth Rixson Forgings LLC facility in Midway as Firth Rixson Vice President and General Manager Chris Bohlmann steps down behind Mitsuhiro Takekawa, assistant general manager for IHI Corporation, who received an award for his company’s partnership with Firth Rixson. (Credit Photo @ Seraine Page – Coastal Courrier)
A scheme to build a new 19,000-tonne steel forging press at Firth Rixson has been given the green light by councillors.
Some 60 new jobs are to be created at the well-established steel company, on Meadowhall Road in Lower Don Valley. The plans were approved at a city centre, south and east planning and highways committee meeting on Monday. The new unit will be built on land which is currently used as the employees’ 90-space car park, and will have four tempering forges and other infrastructure like cranes, storage and control areas as well as the forging press. A new 132-space car park would subsequently be created on land which is currently an overgrown railway embankment on the south and south eastern boundary of the site. The plans also include erecting an additional building to house the pump room which generates the energy to power the machines in the new forge. A planning document said: “The proposal represents a new addition to the existing Firth Rixson steelworks and is a significant investment into Sheffield – creating 60 new jobs and knock-on benefits. The new buildings will accommodate a new forge facility, including hydraulic press which will be one of the largest of its type.” Firth Rixson was created after several of the city’s prestigious steel-based companies such as Firth Brown and Woodhouse and Rixson, dating back to the early 1800s, amalgamated. It officially became Firth Rixson in 1996