Aston Martin has just opened a new manufacturing facility, housed in three converted airplane hangars on the site of a former RAF base in St Athan, Wales.  While the Gaydon factory, located near Birmingham, England continues to be the home of the company’s sports car production, St Athan will produce Aston Martin’s first SUV, the DBX. The search for qualified personnel began as soon as the site was announced, in February 2016. Aston Martin launched a recruitment campaign in Cardiff, which attracted over 3,000 applicants, and within six months the first 40 employees had been hired. The new Welsh workforce began their careers with Aston Martin at its Gaydon headquarters, building DB11s. This core group of experts are now training new employees at St Athan as the workforce grows, ready for the start of DBX production in the second quarter of 2020.