An engineer working for a Somercotes building products manufacturer has been promoted to operations manager at the firm after less than a year of working with the company.
Matthew Mendham, 29, joined in July last year as production manager at Forterra’s primary bespoke precast concrete facility, which employs 65 people and produces more than 200 tonnes of precast concrete products every day.
Matthew said: “I have worked for several manufacturing companies, but this is the first I’ve worked for where I immediately felt that I fitted right in.
“It’s a large firm, but it has a friendly, personal and encouraging feel to it, and the staff here at Somercotes have welcomed me and are great to work with.”
The Somercotes facility, which produces a mixture of precast and pre-stressed concrete products including T-beams, box culverts, retaining walls, bridge deck and bespoke precast items, recently received an investment of around £250,000 and will soon invest a further £100,000 in response to the increasingly optimistic outlook for the UK’s construction sector.
Recent high-profile jobs for the Somercotes facility include providing precast products for London Kings Cross Railway Station, Hale Harbour and the reconstruction of the Dawlish sea defences.
The facility is currently manufacturing platform slabs and beams for Ilkeston Railway Station in Derbyshire.
Matthew, who has eight years experience in manufacturing, continued: “We have some big future contracts which should keep us very busy. It’s my job to review performance and plan ahead for our materials and labour. So far it’s been going very well.”
Stephen Harrison, CEO of Forterra Plc, said: “Matthew is a keen manager who has flourished since he started with us last summer. He will bring a fresh approach and we wish him all the best in his new role.”
For more information visit www.forterra.co.uk. You can also follow the company on Twitter via @ForterraUK and on LinkedIn.