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Gloria attends official opening of new Huthwaite metal fencing factory

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Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero has officially opened the new home of an Ashfield-based metal railing manufacturer.

Customers, staff and suppliers of Alpha Rail attended the event at its new factory site on Nunn Brook Rise in Huthwaite on Friday (March 17).

Founded in 1985 in Kirkby, Alpha Rail has over 30 years of metal fabricating expertise and is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of metal railings, pedestrian guardrail, Juliette balconies and metal gates.

Having outgrown its previous premises, the company’s directors invested £800,000 to reconfigure four separate units, creating a large workspace for the metalworking process and two-storey office space.

Gloria said: “Alpha Rail is a true Ashfield success story and it was lovely to meet and talk to the staff, the majority of whom are local and many of whom have worked at the company for many years.

“It is great to see Alpha Rail move into this fantastic new premises and I hope this will help the business to grow and to progress now, and into the future.”

Gloria at Alpha Rail with directors Steve Shirley,Managing Director, Phil Ball, Sales Director, Dean Briggs, Technical Director and Mark Sipson, Finance Director.
Gloria at Alpha Rail with directors Steve Shirley,Managing Director, Phil Ball, Sales Director, Dean Briggs, Technical Director and Mark Sipson, Finance Director.

Alpha Rail employs over 40 staff and has a turnover of £3m. Some of the more prestigious projects it has been involved in include The Royal Parks in London, the London 2012 Olympic Games Athletes’ Village and the £5.2m renovation of Nottingham’s Forest Recreation Ground.

The directors hope the move to the new site will help increase productivity and business efficiency.

Managing director Steve Shirley said: “We completed our relocation in January and are now all settled in. The response from customers and other visitors has been excellent.

“Having a modern facility has definitely benefited our production capacity, the efficiency in which we can work, and is ultimately helping to continuously improve our customer service and delivery lead time. The move has also given employee morale a further boost.”

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