Million pound China deal is set to create 30 new jobs

Marston Agricultural Services. left to right are Terry Matsell, Dennis Green, Andrew Jones, Chris Owen, Adrian Green. 352C

Marston Agricultural Services. left to right are Terry Matsell, Dennis Green, Andrew Jones, Chris Owen, Adrian Green. 352C

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A COMPANY is celebrating this week after securing a £1.5 million contract with China which will create 30 new jobs.

The deal will provide work for the factory at Marston Agricultural Services well into 2013.

The contract was signed after a MAS delegation visited the Henan province in China to meet a farming co-operative who agreed - after two days of intense negotiations - to purchase tri-axle diesel fuel tankers and 14-tonne agricultural dump trailers for the transportation of soya beans.

Chris Owen, MAS UK and Export Sales Manager, said: “We went out to China to meet them face-to-face and shook their hand. With this size of contract it was certainly worth the visit.”

MAS is a family owned business headed by Managing Director Dennis Green and his son Adrian Green.

Dennis said: “It is certainly the biggest export deal we have struck by far.

“It’s fantastic news and with a second company coming in there is big potential for the future.”

A second organisation in China has also shown strong interest in working with MAS, with initial discussions having taken place for a contract worth £500,000 - potentially taking the company’s China dealings beyond the £2 million mark.

The company puts its success down to a new targeted approach to exports and the success of the company website in giving MAS a worldwide profile.

The company now sees almost a third of its total sales via exports, including contracts in Belgium and New Zealand.

Chris said: “The export market is considerably growing, giving us a market beyond the exhausted UK market.”

The extra work will see MAS increase its workforce by 25 per cent. The company is looking forward to a busy summer with Chinese delegates set to visit in July and trailers due to be sent out to New Zealand in June.

Mr Green added: “The way the economy is it’s good to look elsewhere and creating extra jobs is great for the Grantham area.”

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