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Aviation Manufacturer hit by fire, hits back after 3 years

A manufacturer of aviation systems that were ruined by fire is now planning to build a new plant for propeller production.

In 2015, Dowty Propellers, a manufacturer of propeller systems for various aircrafts, was ravaged by fire.

Around 80 firefighters were called to the aviation manufacturer and head office site in Gloucestershire at around midnight on the 5th February 2015.

Twenty-nine members of staff were safely evacuated from the premises. However, worries from the 250 staff members, some of which had been in the business for over 80 years, were concerned with their future employment within the business.

The fire devastated over 80% of the manufacturer’s building, which lies down the road from Gloucester’s Airport. Fortunately, the office block was saved, however, the rest of the factory was beyond saving.

Luckily, the business continued operations after 9 months of the catastrophic fire, although at a temporary location.

As such, after 3 long years, Dowty Propellers are making plans to build a new site. Hopes for the factory are to be ready and in full operation in 2019. They have also announced a £20million technology development project to run alongside the developments of the new building.

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Original Sources: Gloucestershire Live | BBC News

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