HUNDREDS of jobs are set to be created when a giant factory opens in south Leamington.
British furniture manufacturer Vitsoe are building their new headquarters and factory on the former Ford Foundry site and hope to be open as early as next spring.
The company was previously based in London but chose to move to the town due to the road and rail connections.
It is expected around 200 jobs will be created by the move.
Warwick and Leamington MP Chris White was on hand to see work start on the site.
He said: “It’s fantastic to see groundwork get underway on Vitsoe’s new home in Leamington.
“I am delighted they recognise the advantages of relocating to the town and bringing manufacturing back to this iconic site. It’s a real vote of confidence in our area. I wish them every success for the future.”
Labour county councillor Matt Western says the development is a great coup for Leamington as it will replace some of the jobs lost when Ford closed its doors.
He said: “This is really exciting news for the area and in particular for people in south Leamington.
“Vitsoe is not only building a fantastic factory here but it will bring ultimately a couple of hundred much-needed skilled and semi-skilled jobs to our town.
“The factory is vital for Leamington as it will replace some of the 550 jobs lost when Ford closed its Foundry in 2008. Since then, I have continued to press for a quality employer to move onto this site and actively campaigned against a BHS retail store being built here as it offered too few jobs. This is really good news for Warwick and Leamington.”