AN adhesives business which suffered a huge fire two years ago is celebrating its rebirth as it opens new state-of-the-art facilities.

Itac will open its new production site and warehouse, and is inviting guests, including customers, suppliers and residents from the community to the event at Bankfield Mills, in Stoneclough on Thursday.

Paul Armitt, managing director, said: “Our new factory is the culmination of over two years of hard work.

“During that time, as well as planning and building the new facility, we have strived to service our customers to the best of our ability, albeit with reduced capacity.

“It will be a day of great celebration, not only to thank our customers for their continued support, but also the suppliers who helped.

“Also, importantly, to thank all the Itac team, whose tremendous effort drove us forward and enabled the business to thrive and the new factory to become a reality.”

Itac has been working towards the commissioning of its new factory and the return to full on-site production since April, 2015, when a devastating fire brought a halt to manufacture and has led to reduced output ever since.

The new production unit will now enhance Itac's original capacity.

Larger, safer, computer-controlled plant and machines harness more power, in a safe, clean and efficient environment, they say.

Alongside, a new purpose-built warehouse feeds temperature-controlled raw material in and stores finished product ready for its onward journey.

On Thursday, Cllr Roger Hayes, the Mayor of Bolton, will attend the launch, along with his wife, Mrs Jaleh Hayes, the Mayoress.

The mayor will deliver a short speech and cut the ribbon in an official ceremony to open the facility at 12.30pm, but the whole event will begin at 11am.

This will be followed by a tour of the factory and warehouse and a day of celebration, including drinks and a light buffet lunch, for all guests and employees.

Itac has also extended the invitation to residents from their neighbourhood, to join in the festivities later in the day, with early evening refreshments, being provided in the marquee at the factory from 4pm to 6.30pm.