Commercial vehicle converter Bevan Group is to move to a new headquarters.
The new base in Wednesbury, West Midlands, comprises a 17,000 sq ft factory and 5,000 sq ft of offices.
Bevan has embarked on a £500,000 refurbishment programme which is scheduled for completion this summer, at which point members of the company team will move in.
Bevan will retain the production facility in Amber Way, Halesowen, which has also served as its head office since 2006, as well as a second base in Blakeley Hall Road, Oldbury.
The new headquarters on the Wednesbury One industrial estate will allow the company to press ahead with an ambitious programme of investment in its highly successful Bevan Aftercare division. Launched in 2003, this has taken off in the last five years and today employs 42 mobile engineers who provide planned and emergency maintenance of vehicle bodies and ancillaries, including cranes, tail-lifts and roller shutter doors.
The Bevan Aftercare operation is managed by a centrally-based team of 24 operations controllers.
Anthony Bevan, managing director, said: “Our growth strategy envisages that we’ll double that number within the next five years.”
“To a great extent we’ve been victims of our own success, as rapid expansion of the business has meant that we’ve employed more and more colleagues with the result that we’ve now outgrown our current head office. The new base in Wednesbury will give us the extra office accommodation and car parking space we desperately need, as well as valuable additional production capacity.”
The Bevan Group builds rigid truck and van bodies for many of the biggest and best-known names on Britain’s roads – acquisitions and strategic partnerships entered into over recent years have seen the company add specialist solutions for the drinks and glass industries, as well as tippers, traffic management vehicles and temperature-controlled equipment to its core range of dry freight box, curtainside and dropside bodies.
Meanwhile, in addition to its Aftercare back-up Bevan provides a comprehensive portfolio of support services including Graphics (design as well as application of vehicle liveries), Passport (assistance with European Whole Vehicle Type Approval compliance) and accident repairs and refurbishments (Bevan owns a stake in Wednesbury-based specialist A&R Vehicle Services).