Workers say ‘tar’ very much for factory upgrade

Henry Williams Limited has carried out a major upgrade of its welding operations.

The £150,000 project is the latest stage in a major ongoing investment in Henry Williams’ factory complex in the Albert Hill area of Darlington, which the company has occupied for 99 years.

The company has already spent well over £1.5million improving buildings and buying new equipment and has increased its production capacity by 30%.

The latest work centred on a building still fondly called the “Tar Shed” by workers because it was where their predecessors tarred signal posts for pre-war Britain’s railways network.

It has trebled the workspace, doubled the number of welding bays from two to four, added two 2-tonne overhead cranes, as well as providing a new floor, roof, cladding and insulation, and a new fume extraction system.

Andrew Nelson, Henry Williams’ Forging and Fabrication Director, said the upgrade will enable the company to weld much larger designs, while cutting down on the double handling of materials.

He said: “The new facility is vital to our strategy to gain orders for road parapets up. The new welding shop has already shown significant benefits in processing tall matrix signposts for highways applications.

“Like recent investments in a £600,000 forge hammer and a state-of-the-art electronic press brake, the improvements in the welding shop will improve output and enable us to develop new products to longer lengths. It also provides our workers with a much nicer working environment, which is important too.”

For further information contact Steve Cotton, Sales & Marketing Director, on 01325 462722.