Barrow Oil sold to engineering firm

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The former Oil States complex in Barrow has been sold to a local firm. Oil States pulled out of its site on Sowerby Woods Industrial Estate in June of last year, when it announced it was moving its operation to Scotland.

Its Bouthwood Road warehouse and office complex was put on the market six weeks ago by Edwin Thompson, with a guide price of £725,000. The 1.52 acre site has now been sold to Gilmour Fabrications Limited, currently based at the Meeting Industrial Estate on Park Road.

The firm provides engineering and construction services across North West England. Russell Gilmour, managing director, said: “The relocation to this facility will enable us to expand and amalgamate our current two separate units into one.

"The premises have been well maintained and gives Gilmour Fabrications a better profile which we are thrilled about.” Suzie Barron, commercial agency surveyor with Edwin Thompson agreed the sale. She said: “The sale attracted some good interest and a number of offers which reflects the quality of the site and buildings.

"We are delighted to sell the property to a locally based company in only a short period of marketing and which received a significant amount of enquiries from both local and national firms."

Oil States Industries (UK) Ltd employed 50 people in Barrow.

It said the move to West Lothian was to consolidate the company's UK service. Its Barrow employees were offered the opportunity to relocate with the firm. Several have now found work with Cumbrian engineering firm Forth, which opened a base in the town earlier this year. It is headed by former Oil States worker Tony Sneesby, who saw the potential of capitalising on and retaining the skills in the town to service the oil and gas industries.

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