Washing machines are to be made in Britain once again after a County Durham company secured one million pounds of Government money to build the UK's only factory.
Ebac in Newton Aycliffe was one of twenty four companies to get part of nearly one hundred and twenty million pounds of funding for North East businesses.
The manufacturer says it will create two hundred jobs.
The Deputy Prime Minister visited two Stockton-based companies to announce winners of the third round of the £2.4 billion Regional Growth Fund.
Nifco and Tinsley were both successful in previous rounds of the Regional Growth Fund. The Deputy Prime Minister met with staff and apprentices to see how the businesses are using the investments.
Ebac Group, a County Durham-based company, is using the money to become the only manufacturer of washing machines in the country - a move that will create 200 jobs.
The Government has announced that more than £100m is being given to North East businesses in an attempt to sustain more than 30,000 jobs.
The North East has received the highest amount of Regional Growth Fund money per person for any UK region.