|[17 SEP 99] LOTUS
Lotus M250 Boost For Former MGA Staff
Employees who feared for
their jobs when their Coventry company went into receivership are now set to become the
focus of world-wide attention.
Last year Allesley-based MGA Developments assets were
bought by Lotus after the Birmingham Road company went into receivership, leaving the
staff unsure about their future.
However, the 17 employees who still work on the site are
now glowing with pride after working round the clock to help the famous car manufacturer
prepare their newest model for the Frankfurt motor show.
Lotus Coventry was sent a model of the M250 just five week
ago with a deadline of this weeks show, and general manager Glyn Owen believes it has been
a team effort since then.
"We received the clay model of the car five weeks ago,
and the normal turn-around to build that into a workable model would be 12 weeks.
"You can sometimes cut the odd week but not normally
anything to that scale, but we have some very experienced guys here and as a team everyone
has worked tremendously.
"We now employ around 45 people, 17 of which formerly
worked on this site before and I think every person, when the saw the car being loaded
onto the transporter to go to Frankfurt, was glowing with pride."
And Lotus are now spending a substantial amount of money on
their 70,000 sq ft site in order to prepare for an upturn in business.
"We are close to the end of a refurbishment inside the
building which will improve our engineering facilities, and we are also looking at
visually improving the premises externally.
"We want to make this a nice environment to work in
and build on the success that we have achieved over the last few weeks."
The Lotus M250 will have a 3-litre V6 engine with speed
limited to 155 mph but the company do not yet know when it will be available as a