Regional development organisation Renew played a large part in attracting an £80 million tyre pyrolysis plant to the north east of England, according to plant developers Pyreco. Plans to build the facility at the Tees Valley South Tees Eco Park (STEP), which will create 90 jobs, were revealed late last year.
Pyreco chairman Anthony Carter said: We were initially looking at sites in Wales and London but with Renew we found an extraordinary can do attitude and a team who fundamentally understood the technology and the issues we face.
Renew acted as a link between ourselves and the North East community. Their support, guidance and understanding enabled us to integrate into the regions unique infrastructure as well as gaining an immediate understanding of its culture.
The facility will process 60,000 tonnes of used tyres a year and is expected to be operational by 2010.
Renew, which was set up in September 2008, was created to continue the work started
by Renew Tees valley and spread this support across the whole of the North East region.