Royal visit for iconic Tees businesses

Two of Teesside’s most long-established firms, Wilton Engineering and Tomlinson Hall, welcomed His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester to help them celebrate important milestones in their history.

His Royal Highness visited Wilton Engineering’s Port Clarence offshore base to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary, while also visiting Tomlinson Hall’s Billingham office to celebrate the company’s centenary year in business.

During the visit to Wilton Engineering, the Duke was given a tour of the 54-acre facility on the banks of the River Tees, meeting Wilton’s workforce and unveiling a plaque to mark the company’s milestone.

On arrival, the Duke was greeted by pupils from nearby High Clarence Primary School waving Union flags and met local dignitaries, Wilton directors led by chief executive Bill Scott OBE and representatives of the workforce.

Wilton Engineering provides multi-discipline engineering services, specialising in fabricating large complicated structures, construction, coatings and services for the onshore and offshore energy industries.

On his tour of the Port Clarence facility His Royal Highness saw some of the UK’s largest production halls where Wilton fabricates complex steel structures, including those occupied by its sister company, Universal Coatings, and some of the projects the company is currently undertaking.

In addition to marking the company’s silver anniversary, Wilton also recognised the achievements of its longest serving employee, Graham Brynn.  Graham, who joined the business in 1994 as its first apprentice is now its construction manager and was presented with a special award in recognition of his long service.

Bill Scott said: “We were exceptionally honoured to welcome His Royal Highness to Wilton as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations. Everyone involved in the business is very proud of the achievements we have made, establishing ourselves in the oil and gas sector and subsequently successfully diversifying into the offshore wind industry.

“It is testament to the dedication, tenacity and commitment of each and everyone who has worked for the company, in the past and present, and played a part in our growth developing a positive culture for the business, which is an essential part of everything we do.”

Graham Brynn said: “From the first day I joined Wilton as an apprentice, I have learned something new and developed skills that have helped me which I have then been able to pass onto to the benefit of others throughout my career with the company.  I am immensely proud to have been at Wilton from the very beginning and to be part of these celebrations.”

he UK’s leading pump distributor and manufacturer – Tomlinson Hall –welcomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO to its Billingham office on 17th September, to celebrate the company’s centenary year in business.

The Duke’s visit to Tomlinson Hall – a leading pump distributor and manufacturer – followed one of the company’s most successful years which has seen the firm increase its sales by almost half a million, whilst also experiencing a significant uplift in export activity.

As part of the visit, His Royal Highness met members of the Tomlinson Hall team, received a tour of the 1.5 acre office and workshop sites and saw a visual representation of the company’s heritage and history on Teesside.

He also received a live demonstration of Tomlinson Hall’s own brand and wholly manufactured British pump, the Liquivac, before completing his visit with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to mark the company’s 100-year milestone.

On arrival, the Duke was greeted by pupils from Billingham South Community Primary School – Tomlinson Hall’s supported school for charitable activity and the promotion of STEM activities– before meeting local dignitaries and Tomlinson Hall directors led by MD and third generation Tomlinson, Tony Keville.

Tomlinson Hall is one of the UK’s leading distributors of major industrial pump brands and manufactures its Liquivac pump from its on-site facilities..

The company has been named Pump Distributor of the Year at the Pump Industry Awards on several occasions, crowned as SME of the Year and Engineering Firm of the year at the NEPIC (North East Process Industry Cluster) awards, as well as receiving the Small Business Award at the North East Business Awards.

In its centenary year, Tony, the company’s managing director, has also been recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the pump industry and which was presented at the trade’s most coveted National award ceremony, the Pump Industry Awards.

Speaking about the visit, Tomlinson Hall’s business development director Colin Simpson said: “We were delighted and honoured to welcome His Royal Highness to our premises to celebrate our 100th year in business.

“Everyone in Tomlinson Hall is extremely proud of the business and the success we have achieved during our lifetime.  Our consistently strong business performance is  coupled with a strong internal culture, with almost 60% of the company’s staff having been employed here for more than 10 years. Impressively, two team members have been with the business for over 40 years and a further four employees possess over 25 years of long service.

“Our 100 successful years in business reflects the continued commitment and loyalty of our workforce who have played an enormous part in making Tomlinson Hall the successful business it is today.”

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