Sunderland steel specialists KK Fabrications plans expansion and new jobs

24 June 2015

A metal works firm is set to expand into larger premises after a year in business as it strives to meet demand for its services.

Sunderland-based KK Fabrications was set up by Kenny Kearvell and Kevin McCourt just over a year ago, to provide conveyors for businesses across sectors including food, pharmaceutical, construction and recycling.

The stainless steel specialists also make bespoke metalwork staircases and balustrades, for commercial and residential developments, for clients predominantly in the North East.

The firm’s founders are planning to add two more staff to the current three-strong workforce, while also looking at moving to larger premises to handle its growing client list.

KK Fabrications is the first foray into business for co-directors Kevin McCourt and Kenny Kearvell, who were both employed as sheet metal workers at a company based in the Team Valley.

When the company’s owner retired, they decided to set up on their own.

Kevin McCourt said: “Our very first job was to design and manufacture a food processing machine for a Gateshead based company with limited resources and machinery to hand.

“We started fabricating conveyors and food industry products and now we will manufacture basically anything the customer asks for.

We also carry out onsite maintenance, so if customers have any problems with their equipment, we have the ability to undertake repairs of this nature.”

The business, which has been advised by Sunderland City Council’s business investment team, has invested in new equipment but ramping up its on-site capabilities means it is outgrowing its current factory.

Mr McCourt said: “We originally took the factory on because of its size and its cost, but now the new machines are taking up available space so we will need bigger premises soon.

“We will speak to the city council when we are ready to move. They have already helped us and their advice has been second to none. Neither of us has run a business before, so we are both still learning.”

Sunderland City Council Deputy Leader, councillor Harry Trueman, said: “We’re proud to have played a part in helping KK Fabrications to establish itself and to work alongside them so the company can grow.”