Up to 30 jobs are on offer at a Stoke-on-Trent engineering business which has seen an influx of new and existing orders since the start of the lockdown.
Fenton-based Patera Engineering has launched a recruitment drive for welders, site installers, draughtpersons, project managers and apprentices after seeing its order book double since March.
Managing director Shaun Lees said: “We were doing really well going into the pandemic and we have continued to prosper during lockdown when some of our competitors have closed. We have actually doubled the amount of secured work during the lockdown period.”
Shaun added: “We had to put a stop to the installation side of the business because most of the sites are obviously shut, but we have been able to focus on the design and manufacture side and we haven’t lost any downtime at all.
“We have worked to stockpile as much as we can as our customers have asked us to carry on and hold the materials for them, which is outstanding really.
“Some of the projects we are working on are for the healthcare sector which is why were encouraged to continue to work; our supply chain has been completed un-fractured so we have still been able to take delivery of things like steel and welding consumables.
“We are back into the swing of it now but we are playing catch-up and that’s why we are recruiting, we have all the existing projects that we are working on and some new ones that have come in too.
“We are looking for skilled workers who can start immediately. We have a full order book for the next two years so we will need them for the long-term.”
The City Park Trading Estate business, which specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of bespoke steel structures, is currently working on a variety of major projects across the UK.
Work includes supplying and installing over 500 tonnes of structural steelwork at the Midlands Metropolitan University Hospital, supplying steelwork and bespoke metalwork for Astra Zeneca’s global headquarters in Cambridge as well as providing and installing feature staircases and balustrades at Cambridge University and steelwork and bespoke metalwork for the Paradise Birmingham project.
The company has also introduce new safety measures at its headquarters as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Shaun said: “We were very pro-active from the beginning, we had people working from home as soon as we could and have followed all the guidelines such as the two-metre social distancing rule and additional cleaning.
“We have also been carrying out daily temperature checks and have invested in masks and gloves for staff, so we are doing everything we can.
“It has been so tiring trying to keep up with it all, especially when new legislation is coming out all the time. It’s been a lot of extra work trying to get our heads around it, but we’ve taken it all on board and done it.”
He added: “Our workforce has been absolutely fantastic through all of this. We have been able to manufacture every day and have made a positive situation out of what could have been a very bad time for us.
“That is a real credit to everyone in the business who has embraced the challenges we have faced to keep the company moving.”
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