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Simonstone engineering company still standing strong after 45 years
THE founder of a multi-award winning engineering firm was the guest of honour at its 45th anniversary celebrations.
Ted Fort OBE, who is also group chairman of Fort Vale Engineering, Simonstone, dropped into an open day to personally thank staff for reaching the milestone.
Established in 1967 in a small premises in Colne, the firm is now one of the world’s leading precision manufacturers of valves and fittings for transportation in the road tanker and tank container industries.
The company, a three-time recipient of The Queen’s Award for Export, holds an 80 per cent share of the world market. It has a second factory in China and representation in the United States, Russia, Australia, Holland and Singapore.
It moved to it new premises at Calder Vale Park in the summer of 2008.
Mr Fort, who was awarded the OBE for his services to industry in 1987, addressed the crowds during an open day to celebrate the firm’s success.
Other attractions included a free barbecue, bouncy castle, go-karting, a live owl display and a martial arts demonstration, as well as a tour of the factory.
Directors Kevin Singh and Peter Staveley also raised money for charity by volunteering to have sponges thrown at them while sat in the stocks.
Managing director, Ian Wilson, said: “My own journey with Fort Vale began in 1978.
“When I look back I have fond memories of all the people I have had, and still have, the pleasure of working with.
“I am particularly pleased to have been able to offer training to so many people over the years, both apprentices and adults, and to see them moving forwards in the company gives me great satisfaction.
“These are the people who will help write the future chapters of Fort Vale’s story.
“The open day at Simonstone was a great a success and enjoyed by all who were able to attend.
“I look forward to celebrating our next big milestone, our golden anniversary in 2017.”
Fort Vale were awarded the Export Award at the Lancashire Telegraph Business Awards 2011, and the award for International achievement at the Red Rose Awards 2012.
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