Last week, on the 9th June 2019 a milestone was reached for Fablink’s Evenwood site as they celebrated their 10-year anniversary since joining the Fablink Group.
Fablink’s site based in Evenwood, Co. Durham, which is also known as Fablink Tanks Systems was acquired back in 2009 as a strategic investment to enhance the company’s product offering; Evenwood’s factory extends to over 120,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space and can fabricate steel assemblies of up to 5 tonnes allowing it to become the hub of Fablink’s heavier products, including fuel & hydraulic tanks, ADT Operator cabs and safety structures. This move complimented the existing sites of Wolverhampton, which manufacturers pressings & welded assemblies and Brixworth, home to the Group’s Technical Centre, which also produces specialist vehicle assemblies, lightweight aluminium structures and Operator cabs.
The acquisition saw former sister companies, Evenwood and Wolverhampton being reunited after previously being owned by The Tinsley Group. In 2006 Tinsley Group went into administration and the Evenwood site underwent a management-buy-out, re-naming to Evenwood Industries Ltd. Wolverhampton was acquired by Fablink UK at the
same time. Three years on, Evenwood Industries went into administration themselves which gave Fablink an opportunity to acquire the assets (including 28 employees at the time), offering Fablink a logical extension to their existing portfolio.
Since 2009, significant investments have been made, adding to the site’s core capabilities. Through the investment of machine capacity, robotic weld cells, 5 axis lasers and a
strengthening of the management structure, these investments have been pivotal in contributing to the Group’s growth (sales approx. £55m) as well as Evenwood’s, which now employs over 200 staff and has a turnover of approx. £20m.
The anniversary also comes at a poignant time as Fablink has recently purchased the Evenwood factory and land surrounding it. This will give Fablink more flexibility and opportunity to evolve the site in line with the business’ requirements.
Head of Site, Clive Gallagher states: “Having employees serve the company for 10 years and more is a true milestone. In today’s workplace, it is rare for employees to stay so long with one company and this is a significant accomplishment.
We value the sense of continuity that this high level of employee longevity provides our customers and I would like to especially thank these employees who have helped to make Fablink Evenwood what is today.
Further exciting news is the recent purchase of the Evenwood site by Richard Westley (Fablink CEO). This demonstrates a real commitment to the Evenwood facility and supports future strategic business planning.”