A GLASS recycling company's long-term future in Ellesmere Port has been secured in a multi-million pound deal.

Recresco has completed a deal with Peel Ports to purchase the site it has occupied on a lease basis for the past 12 years.

The latest in a series of 'significant' investments, it means the company - founded in Norfolk in 1978 and headquartered in Nottingham with an additional site at Cwmbran, South Wales - can develop its operations further and create new jobs at its Ellesmere Port location.

The company's largest facility, it covers approximately 12 acres and is according to the firm - "ideally situated for recycling operations, being well served via road, rail link and the Greater Manchester Ship Canal".

Tim Gent, director at Recresco said "This purchase marks an exciting period of development as we work toward our long term future, investing in market leading glass sorting technology to drive advanced glass recycling, improving our facilities and opening up employment opportunities in the area.

"We have occupied the site at Ellesmere Port since 2008 and find the location and facilities provide the perfect backdrop for our recycling activities.

"The site is ideally placed to serve Recresco being far removed from any housing with strong infrastructure in place to support our business including rail links, a supply of natural gas and the connection to the Greater Manchester Ship Canal.

"This means we can move glass in and out of the plant with minimum disruption to residents and without reliance on road transport which could risk overwhelming the local regional road network.

"By purchasing this land, we now have the opportunity to meet our long-term growth goals, develop our business further and make full use of the opportunities this excellent site offers in terms of location and transport links.

"We remain fully committed to a lasting future at Ellesmere Port and this purchase serves to secure our place there."