£1 start-up bodybuilder makes £1m investment

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CPD Bodies Limited has announced plans to develop their business with a £1m workshop investment and extended acreage.

The business will see a new 6,000 square foot workshop, built specifically to cope with Luton bodied chassis demand.

An extra workshop housed on an acre of land adjacent to the firm's existing facility will be developed to meet their requirement for specialised chassis conversions.

To complete the expansion programme, a further 4.6 acres of land will be added for asset storage and completed build space.

Once finished, it will stand at more than 14 acres in total, creating what the bodybuilder has called “the largest independent pre-build and pre-delivery facility in the UK”.

CPD’s managing director Cathal Doocey (pictured) said: “This investment comes as the result of unprecedented demand for our range of 3.5t chassis based conversions and specialist lightweight bodies.

“We currently produce over 2,500 chassis per annum and employ 120 people. By reinvesting back into the business with additional preparation, production and finishing facilities, aligned to additional secure storage, it will enable us to scale even further our already substantial production and build capacity.”

In August, the company was recognised by Ford as part of their QVM programme. “The accreditation from Ford that we received this month is an amazing achievement for our business,” said Cathal.

“We are a close-knit team at CPD and to go from being a £1 start up business in 2009 to becoming a £10m organisation that is recognised as a trusted and approved service delivery partner of Ford Motor Company, is something that makes us all incredibly proud”.

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