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EXPANDING MULTI FAB INVESTS IN ITS PEOPLE


Norfolk firm Multi Fab Ltd, which expanded its manufacturing capacity with new premises at Attleborough, Norfolk a year ago, was paid a return visit by Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman (who officially opened the premises one year ago) to celebrate the company’s successes of the past 12 months.


The £2.5m investment, offered a purpose


built factory, together with an aluminium pre- treatment machine for the powder coating line, which is unique and made specifically to order for Multi Fab Ltd, resulting in the recruitment of several new employees, including a new factory manager and recent apprentice with a view to adding more young apprentices in 2012 under new Government initiatives, to train as skilled sheet metal workers.


When asked if apprentices work, Peter


Dalby Production Manager for Multi Fab said: “We all have to start somewhere and we have had apprentices come and go. Some can be high maintenance and need managing constantly, but they are young and need development. The ones who are keen to learn and genuinely looking for a career, not just a wage packet to burn every week, really become an asset. Organically-grown skills in- house are ideal for our type of operation.”


With the investment three members


of staff moved over to work at the Attleborough site from their Mildenhall operation and another 15 staff were recruited locally to work in the sheet metal and powder coating lines, with 35 full time jobs being created.


Managing Director Simon Gladwin said that trading for Multi Fab Ltd has been “extraordinary in what has been a tough trading year for many in the construction sector.”


‘Our strategy differs and we invested in making the right choices to take on and commit to only the jobs that could be fulfilled successfully and for our customers to receive their maximum benefit from the Feed In Tariff.’


“Multi Fab is one of only a few fabrication companies left with the capabilities and quality of output to deliver for our clients across the UK. We have fantastic teams at both manufacturing plants; the workforce has really put in the maximum effort this year in making our Attleborough investment such a success. The other Directors and I are extremely proud of what has been achieved and we all have an excellent platform on which to continue growing through 2012 and beyond.”


HIGH PROFILE PROJECTS


Recent high profile projects for Multi Fab include the supply of aluminium windows doors and curtain walling, plus all the sheet metalwork requirements in the building of a state-of-the-art hotel in the heart of Stratford, East London and will be used to accommodate guests for the London-based Olympics in 2012.


Multi Fab has also just completed the façade fabrication for the new-look M&S store in Norwich, now making it the largest M&S store in the UK. The project modernised the look of the building with the installation of glass curtain walling and advanced structural glazing to the exterior, plus a clever rain harvested ‘living wall’ used to reduce inner city carbon.


‘The ones who are keen to learn and genuinely looking for a career, not just a wage packet to burn every week, really become an asset. Organically-grown skills in-house are ideal for our type of operation.’


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Multi Fab offer a complete sheet metal fabrication service to the aluminium window, door and curtain walling construction industry as well as the retail shopfitting market with an industry leading 30 year guaranteed powder coating service. The new pre-treatment machine on the powder coating line is the only machine in the world which has nine stages, able to pre-treat and, therefore, powder coat any size of sheet metal from tin cans to cars.


Its base out of Attleborough is used for all sheet metal fabrication and continues to trade since 1983 from Mildenhall for window, door and curtain walling production.


NEW SOLAR BUSINESS One year on has also seen the introduction


of its new solar business, Eagle New Energy. Also based at the new Attleborough site, Eagle New Energy had been on target this year to achieve a £2m turnover from a standing start, until the recent news of the reduction of the Government’s Feed-in Tariff paid to householders which now falls from 43.3p per kWh of solar electricity to just 21p under new proposals and the just- passed deadline of December 12th.


Nigel Woodhouse Sales and Marketing Manager for Multi Fab said: “We developed and expanded the solar business out of Multi Fab 12 months ago to create a separate company called Eagle New Energy. The market place quickly became saturated with solar companies springing up from all over the place and almost on a daily basis, with many hoping to make a fast buck.”


“Our strategy differs and we invested in making the right choices to take on and commit to only the jobs that could be fulfilled successfully and for our customers to receive their maximum benefit from the Feed In Tariff.”


He added: “With these latest significant


changes to the Government’s feed in tariff, thankfully, we do not have to let any customers down, return any deposits, make anyone redundant or default on any vehicle


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