An engineering company based in Redcar has taken on extra office and workshop space to accommodate a growing team as it heads for a £1.5m turnover in the next year.
Sealpump Engineering, a leading designer of industrial spraying systems, was the first tenant to move into UK Steel Enterprise’s Innovation Centre on the Kirkleatham Business Park at Redcar in 2000.
It is now occupying four times its original space including two workshops having taken over a Birmingham-based company, developed an innovative new spraying system for the food industry and established a global network of distributors that covers the USA, Canada, Poland, India, China and Chile.
Sealpump Engineering, run by Directors Stephen Larkin and Stuart Brown, was started by the late Tony Larkin in 1979 and has 36 years of technical expertise behind it.
Its spraying systems are used by industries from steel, mining, chemicals and electronics to pharmaceuticals, automotive and paper. The company also supplies systems that control dust, odour and humidity.
From collecting gases and cooling steel to cleaning conveyor belts and coating food products the individually designed systems help companies that include Tata Steel, Weir LGE, Delifrance, Britvic, Cleveland Potash and SSI, to reduce costs, increase productivity and meet stringent environmental standards.
“Sadly my father died in 2006 just before the company reached its first £1m turnover which had always been his main aim,” said Larkin.
“He would have been extremely proud to see the growth and acquisitions that Sealpump has made since then.
“Everyone on the team is committed to continuing the company’s growth and, I know, does that with my Dad in mind.”
Brown added: “Demand is growing particularly fast in India and the USA at the moment and we are working with a number of major household names in the food sector on systems to control humidity.
“The Innovation Centre has been a great place for us to be as the facilities and support we’ve had from UK Steel Enterprise has allowed us to concentrate on growing the business.”
Sue Kirk of UK Steel Enterprise said: “Tony Larkin was the first tenant that I showed around the Innovation Centre when I was very new and the building wasn’t even finished. He was a real gentleman who quickly became a friend and we still miss him. We are very pleased that Sealpump is doing so well and were happy to provide the extra office and workshop space that they needed.”
• Pictured (above): Sue Kirk of UK Steel Enterprise helps Sealpump Engineering Directors Stuart Brown (left) and Stephen Larkin move into the additional office and workshop space the growing company now needs at the Innovation Centre in Redcar.