Metalwork firm has weathered the recession storm

From left, Specialized Fabrications managing director Tony World and technical director Tony Dunn hold the new CE Marking certificates as staff look on. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143443-1)
From left, Specialized Fabrications managing director Tony World and technical director Tony Dunn hold the new CE Marking certificates as staff look on. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143443-1)
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A METALWORK firm that produces staircases, balconies, banisters and handrails says it is thanks to its staff perseverance that it is still going.

Specialized Fabrications in Heritage Business Park was forced to slash pay and cut staff numbers during the recession.

But the company is now looking to expand again after a tough five years.

Technical director Tony Dunn said it is all down to the hard work and perseverance of workers.

He said: ‘We are a little metalwork company. About 10 years ago, things were very buoyant. Our turnover was about £7m at one stage. We built our own factory, bought the land, and we then started thinking the world was rosy.

‘Within five years, the economic downturn hit us. My God, it hit us hard.

‘We had around about 130 staff and we cut back to about 50 at one stage.

‘We halved our turnover down to about three or four million and halved our workforce.’

Tony said the company’s financial director cut wages and staff numbers and they ‘struggled and hobbled through the recession’.

For the last two-and-a-half years, the firm has been working towards getting an industry mark.

‘For me as the technical director and down, they have all helped and all worked hard and we have all got our heads around the fact we need to have a paperwork system,’ he said.

‘We are a proper, quality-based organisation.

‘We have been in the area for more than 30 years.

‘Myself and my colleague, Tony World, have been here since the start and we are still here.’