VALUE: £1.9m
LOCATION: Stoke-on-Trent
DURATION: Eight months
Construction of a major factory extension for fellow Stoke-on-Trent-based firm

We completed work on a new dish cell extension for fellow Stoke-on-Trent-based firm Steelite International, helping to vastly increase the tableware manufacturer’s production capacity.

Working alongside Steelite’s international suppliers from France and Portugal, along with local suppliers from Leek and Stoke, our team constructed a 22,000 sq ft extension in just six months and the expansion has helped to create more than 60 new jobs and encourage growth in the local area.We began work on the dish cell extension in January with the demolition of eight terraced houses and a vicarage, then we successfully completed challenging ground stabilisations and began work on the building’s steel structure.

Next, the team completed work on a new transformer to ensure that the new factory would have a sufficient supply of electricity, before building a slip house to facilitate Steelite’s clay deliveries, which is an integral part of the firm’s production process.We also installed a compressor house and gas governor and assisted with the delivery of Steelite’s specialist equipment from France and Portugal, including kilns, ensuring that they arrived at the factory on time. The project was fully completed in August and full production is now underway inside the renowned manufacturer’s new factory extension.

A topping out ceremony was held inside the new building, which was attended by our chairman Stuart Seddon and Steelite chief executive Kevin Oakes. The ceremony marked the final episode of production before the full completion of the extension.

Kevin Oakes praised all involved in the project for their teamwork, planning and execution and is delighted with the extension, which was delivered on time and to a high specification.

It’s a very exciting new chapter and reaffirms the company’s commitment to manufacturing in the UK and in Stoke-on-Trent.

Kevin Oakes, Steelite Chief Executive

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