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The Shepley Group to expand nuclear manufacturing capabilities with targeted acquisition

West Cumberland Engineering Limited (“WCEL”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Shepley Engineers, has today (27th October 2023) successfully completed the acquisition of T.I.S. Cumbria Limited (“TIS”).

West Cumberland Engineering Manager Director Graeme Phillips (left), with TIS founder Tony O’Pray (right)

The acquisition, which will see TIS operate within Shepley Engineers subsidiary West Cumberland Engineering (WCEL), continues the growth of the Shepley Group and expands its already impressive portfolio of nuclear specialist capabilities.

TIS was founded in September 1995 by Managing Director Tony O’Pray, and has grown to be a leading nuclear fabrication specialist. The acquisition will double the WCEL workshop capacity and increase crane capability, ensuring that West Cumberland Engineering can not only continue to deliver its current workload, but also expand its capacity for new and existing clients, supporting nuclear decommissioning, nuclear new build and SMR’s.  The acquisition secures the future of hundreds of highly skilled employees across the region.

Gavin Jakubowski, Shepley Group Managing Director, commented:

“The Shepley Group has been providing crucial support for the nuclear industry for over 75 years and by bringing TIS into the Group, we are futureproofing our business and accelerating its growth. We are very much looking forward to welcoming the TIS team into the Shepley family and continuing to provide clients with a high quality, reliable service.”

Tony O’Pray, TIS Managing Director, commented:

“I am delighted that TIS Cumbria has found a new home within the Shepley Group that will allow it to continue to grow and develop. As I now step back from my role, I look forward to seeing the team thrive under the new ownership, bringing an exciting new chapter for the workforce.”

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