Gloria De Piero, Shadow Minister for Women & Equalities and local MP for Ashfield, recently opened our new office and precast concrete manufacturing facility based in the heart of Kirkby in Ashfield.
Gloria was met by Michael Ellis, Group Chairman and company founder, before being asked to do the honours and officially declare the site open by cutting a ribbon and unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion.
During the visit, Gloria was given a tour of the new site and was able chat to staff who are sometimes too busy to meet their local MP and discuss any issues they might have. Management also briefed Gloria on the latest developments surrounding the recent relocation and their plans going forward.
Van Elle invested over £1.5m in the new development which includes brand new offices, a production facility and workshops. We have taken on over 30 new members of staff within the group but are still continuing to recruit to ensure that our expansion plans are delivered.
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the prestigious Construction News Specialist Award for "Business Growth".
This clearly demonstrates that the investment we have made in our people, new plant, innovations and techniques have been recognised by our peers in the industry.
Almost a year to the day since we commenced work on our new offices, workshops and precast concrete facility at Kirkby in Ashfield, we are pleased to announce that all works are complete and our staff are settling in well in their new home. This expansion in addition to our head office facility at nearby Pinxton, has enabled us to not only improve the working environment for our staff, but also to allow us to realise our ambitions for expansion over the next 10 years.
Our new precast facility will allow us to increase production of our Smartfoot modular foundation system by over 70% and manufacture innovative precast products that our R & D Team have in the pipeline. These are exciting times for the Group in this, our 30th anniversary year, and we will be making more exciting announcements in the coming weeks, so watch this space!!
Van Elle’s financial results, service growth, investments and reputation was last night endorsed by being announced as the 2013 Construction News Specialist Contractor of the Year. As the largest and most prestigious industry awards and surrounded by many clients and suppliers alike, going up to collect our trophy was a very proud moment and a testament to everyone involved in the projects on which we have worked. Everyone at Van Elle is extremely proud that their hard work and dedication to improving sustainability, innovation and value engineering in the industry has been recognised in this way and it is a real motivator to keep on outperforming the sector in preparation for next years’ awards.
The judges commented “A specialist ground engineering company with a clearly defined vision and strategy. Van Elle’s approach to behavioural safety, training and their pragmatic problem-solving ethos sets it apart from others in this sector helping it to punch well above its weight”.