Growth ambition is posthumously fulfilled by Scunthorpe team
EXPANSION: Skippingdale business MA Hydraulics is doubling the size of its operations in Scunthorpe. Bottom left, Martin Allery, enjoying a break in the early days of the company's formation.
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 20 Apr 2017
THE LONG-HELD ambition of the founding figure of a Scunthorpe business to expand into neighbouring premises has been realised, two years after he passed away.
Martin Allery launched MA Hydraulics Ltd 23 years ago.
Initially based on South Park Industrial Estate in the town, it moved to Skippingdale shortly afterwards, taking half of a substantial unit that had previously been sub-divided.
Now the directors have bought the adjoining premises, doubling working space in a significant investment.
Proud to have been able to deliver on his the founder's wishes, and with Mr Allery's wife Rose, the financial director, now the owner and son Lewis also in the business, Duncan Rhoades, operations director, said: "It was the aim that Martin, as the original owner of the business, had for some time.
"Unfortunately Martin passed away before his dream could become reality."
He said the need was two-fold; to strengthen MA Hydraulics' position in the market, with the extra space allowing for an increased product range to be held, while also enhancing the image of the business.
Mr Rhoades said: "We are importers, we cannot wait on orders. Lead times are eight weeks and we need to have significant storage to hold stock.
"There is no 'just in time' for us, we are the 'just in time' for our customers."
The company provides components to customers from mobile operators to large industrial bases.
"The opportunity with the building came along and we grasped it," Mr Rhoades said. It gives us a further 300 sq m of storage, and also because we have eight suppliers in Italy and three in China and Taiwan, we represent those manufacturers in the UK, and we have to have a nice presentation.
The new offices and the extra signage will show them that we are committed."
Located off Exmoor Avenue, the original warehouse and office space is being transformed into a new trade counter operation, with storage, while the new addition will be completely refurbished for office use, with enhanced reception area for the 10-strong team.
It is envisaged that will be completed in the next month, with an open day being planned for June 21.
Malcolm Ireson, who heads up marketing and internal sales, said the company was looking at the possibility of taking on extra staff, with the trade counter element.
A free-standing mezzanine floor has been installed into the acquired element, matching that in the original space and maximising use of the unit, which includes a pallet lift facility.
That is allowing the core product range, including Vivoil, OMT, Luen, Borelli, Oleoweb and Hydronit to be bolstered, with new flow dividers, pumps, gear boxes and speed reducers.
Robert Chambers, sales director, completes the senior management team.