Representing a total capital investment in excess of £1 million and due for completion in February, the purpose-built unit will house furnaces, controls and ancillary equipment for new and complementary processes, augmenting Keighley Labs' existing range of heat treatment services. "We are effectively in the first stage of moving forward again as a company, by making a sizeable investment in new facilities and positioning ourselves with some of the best resources in the industry," says Keighley Labs managing director, Debbie Mellor (pictured). "In this new building, we shall have modern furnace equipment and the most sophisticated process controls, enabling us to regulate precisely the parameters to suit clients' exact specifications. We shall offer a service that is second-to-none, from a single site at the heart of the engineering and aviation supply industry." Keighley Labs anticipates that the areas that will be served by its new processes will include products such as gears, crankshafts, valve parts, camshafts, cylinders, railway braking systems, pump components and pipeline fittings. Full-time positions will be created by the new heat treatment facility, together with several apprenticeship opportunities, adding to an existing headcount of 65 personnel.