Sunbeam deal shows city firm is a ‘glass’ act
A Wolverhampton business is being helped with its expansion plans by the council’s business growth team after securing a £1 million contract from the city’s Sunbeam development.
Kalsun Aluminium is supplying the specialist windows, which have a noise-reducing acoustic skin, for the renovation of the landmark building off Penn Road Island.
Wolverhampton-born developer Liam Wordley is in the final few months of a £12.5 million, four-year project to convert the historic Sunbeam factory into a mixture of 117 one to six-bedroom apartments.
Kalsun Aluminium has already manufactured and fitted 493 windows and 13 doors containing 2,672 glass units, with a further 150 windows and 40 doors to be delivered.
The company’s success saw them relocate six months ago, from a 2,500 sq ft premises in Sunbeam Street, Graiseley, to a 10,000 sq ft factory unit in Shaw Road, Blakenhall.
Kuldeep Burmi, Kalsun Aluminium managing director, said:
“This is one of our biggest contracts and the help we have had from the council’s business support team has helped us progress.
“They have helped us recruit more staff and put in place the right policies and procedures to enable us to win further contracts – I’m very pleased with the help we have received.”
Liam, aged 38, added:
“It’s great to see Kuldeep’s business grow alongside the Sunbeam development.
“He offers a fantastic product and it has been great to see Kalsun Aluminium flourish and grow in stature.
“I’m always keen to support local businesses and this has given the company confidence to look at bigger contracts and shown businesses can trust what they do.
“The response to the Sunbeam development has been amazing. We currently have around 60 occupiers who view it as a vibrant, modern place to live and we hope to complete the final phases over the next few months.”
Forty-two-year-old Kuldeep from Parkfields revealed Kalsun Aluminium is also supplying the glass units for Vauxhall’s London showroom in Romford, and is hoping to capitalise on future contracts associated with HS2.
Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said:
“The Sunbeam project highlights exactly how regeneration in the city is benefiting local people and businesses.
“To see this historic city centre landmark being brought back to life is fantastic and to know it has helped a Wolverhampton company expand and take on more workers is the icing on the cake.
“It is also hugely satisfying to see the excellent business support structure in the Black Country – accessed through the council and a wide-range of partners and programmes such as the AIM programme – is helping.”
The council is providing business support through ERDF-funded programme AIM (Black Country Advice Investment and Markets), helping with growth potential, inward investment, and market development.
AIM pools the resources of the four Black Country local authorities, University of Wolverhampton, and Black Country Chamber of Commerce, to provide specialist consultancy to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) via the Black Country Growth Hub.