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Wrightbus hopes orders will lead to 400 new staff in 2020

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Ballymena coachbuilder Wrightbus intends to take on up to 400 workers this year depending on orders, a report has said.

The recruitment was outlined to Mid and East Antrim Borough Council's Growth Committee in a report by its interim director of development on Monday.

To date, Bamford Bus Company, led by Jo Bamford, has recruited 119 workers, 91 staff members and 28 shop floor employees.

Roles include design and manufacturing engineers, coachbuilders, spray painters, electricians, composites operatives, first line managers, business unit managers, stores, customer care, HR and IT staff as well as 57 workers transferred from Wrightbus to Bamford.

The report also stated that on January 6, the firm started a further 50 shop floor employees including electricians, spray painters, composite and assembly operatives with another five manager/mobile support engineers due to start this month.

Councillors at the meeting were also informed that Wrightbus is planning to recruit coachbuilders and support staff locally for it international business in Malaysia.

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