Karl Turner today attended the official opening of the Siemens wind turbine blade factory on Alexandra Dock in East Hull.
The opening marked the culmination of nearly a decade of planning and dedication from a number of people and organisations determined to make a dream into a reality.
Karl’s first meeting as an MP back in 2010 was with representatives of Associated British Ports and Siemens to discuss how best to drive the project forward and what support the city’s MPs could give.
As the first blade is revealed, Siemens announced it had employed almost 700 people in Hull so far, with 96% living within a 30-mile radius of the city, having received more than 23,000 job applications.
A further 100 permanent staff are employed at Alexandra Dock working for Siemens’ suppliers and recruitment up to a total of 1,000 people will continue into 2017 as the site becomes fully operational. Hundreds more jobs have been created during construction and in the supply chain.
The Siemens factory and associated facilities are Hull’s largest-ever inward investment and at the forefront of an exciting wave of development as Hull prepares to be the UK City of Culture in 2017.
Hull City Council Leader Cllr Steve Brady said: “With this world-class facility coming fully into production, Hull will be firmly at the centre of a new industrial era as we embrace the opportunities of the low-carbon economy.
“Importantly, hundreds of local people will have high-quality employment within a company with a global reputation for manufacturing and technological excellence.”
Labour MP for East Hull Karl Turner said “This is a historic day for the city and a proud day for me as the local MP.
“This is the biggest investment ever into Hull and a massive vote of confidence in the city and it’s future prospects.
“The fact that 96% of the workforce is from Hull and the surrounding area shows the depth of talent that we have to offer and is surely sends a strong signal to any potential future investment into the city.
“Hull City Council grabbed this opportunity with both hands and it is through the sheer hard work of local stakeholders that this investment was able to happen”.