A KEIGHLEY engineering firm is gearing-up for expansion.

New directors are at the helm of Rymer Engineering and jobs are being created.

Two more staff have already been taken on, boosting the workforce to seven.

And further posts will follow as production is upped over the next 12 months.

The Marley Street company is urging potential recruits with engineering experience, or would-be engineers, to get in touch.

"We are looking to create jobs for the area so if you have experience and would be interested in working for an innovative forward-thinking company please send in your CV!" said Lewis Walker, one of the new directors.

"We'd also be interested to speak to any budding engineers of the future. If anyone is passionate about engineering and thinking about an apprenticeship, we'd love to hear from them too."

The firm was founded in 1984, at Heber Street in the town, by Leon Rymer.

Over the years, the business's reputation has continued to grow and the company now serves many high-profile customers, providing a wide range of components.

Sectors catered for include textile operations, food manufacturing and the automotive and fabrication industries.

Mr Rymer is working alongside the new owners to ensure a smooth transition.

Glowing tribute is paid by Mr Walker, who said he was "delighted" with the acquisition.

"Rymer is an exceptionally diverse engineering company," he added.

"With our impressive well-rounded knowledge and experience in this field, coupled with the solid foundations Leon has laid for us, we're committed to continuing the highest level of production and service.

"We're looking forward to meeting – and building strong relationships with – our customers to ensure we serve their businesses efficiently and effectively."

Mr Walker also co-owns CHB Engineering, which was originally based at Mantra House in Keighley but has relocated to the Marley Street works.

It was founded by his grandfather, Lloyd Walker, in 1987 to serve the classic car industry.

Lewis says that combined, the two firms will be able to offer numerous specialist services including machining, milling, turning, drilling, grinding, welding and general and precision engineering.

"We're really keen to continue growing and driving forward both companies – based on the family business values and solid foundations Leon has laid with Rymer Engineering and those put in place by my granddad at CHB Engineering," he added.