A passion for Great British manufacturing and a chance encounter has resulted in Union Industries’ Founder, Mr Paul Schofield, helping to secure a new contract for the Leeds-based company.
At a recent business event Mr Schofield – or Mr ‘S’ as he is affectionately known – was discussing the strength of British manufacturing with another attendee, Ed Sheader, who happened to be in the process of sourcing a high-speed door, in his capacity as Group CEO of Deep Sea Electronics (DSE).
The pair exchanged details and Mr Sheader got in touch with Union Industries shortly after to place an order for one of its market leading Bulldoors, which he required to prevent heat loss at DSE’s North Yorkshire-based facility.
Mounted internally behind an existing security door, the Bulldoor will improve working conditions by helping to maintain a comfortable temperature, ensuring that there is less chance for heat to escape during busy periods when there is a high volume of traffic coming to and from its warehouse.
Standing at 3.1m wide x 3.6m high, the door, which is activated via radio control and opens at approximately 1.6m per second, is Union’s best-selling product due to its versatility, robust qualities and reliability; Union has customers with Bulldoors completing in excess of a million cycles each year.
The Bulldoor comes with free entry into Union’s Lifetime Warranty Scheme, which was introduced several years ago. This cover, which is included as standard, not only provides an extensive guarantee but also includes service visits from Union’s highly trained technicians as required.
In common with the other doors in the range, the Bulldoor also features Union’s highly-regarded ‘Crash-Out’ and ‘Auto-Reset’ damage protection feature which ensures the door remains operable if the heavy duty steel composite bottom beam is hit by a vehicle.
DSE is one of the world’s top manufacturers of generator control, auto transfer switch control, control systems for vehicles and off-highway machinery and industrial battery charger equipment. It employs more than 160 people on four continents and sells products to 150 countries direct from its UK head office and through its comprehensive distributor network.
Its UK base is a flagship for British manufacturing. At a time when the majority of manufacturers are focusing on making cost reductions and shifting operations to countries with low labour costs, DSE is investing heavily in its UK facility in North Yorkshire. This has allowed the company to retain tight controls over quality and delivery times.
Mr ‘S’, who is now Chairman of the Employee Ownership Trust Board for Union Industries, said: “When I met Mr Sheader at a recent business event it was clear we shared a passion for quality British manufacturing, which obviously brought us onto the subject of Union Industries.
“I’m delighted that we have been able to help DSE. It’s no surprise the Bulldoor is our most popular door; it is efficient, versatile and ideally suited for a large range of internal and external openings that are expected to deal with high levels of traffic.”
Ed Sheader, Group CEO at DSE, said: “I was very fortunate to bump into Mr Schofield; his former company has delivered an exceptional solution for our Goods In area, which was delivered on time and in budget.
“Union’s installation marks the completion of a significant investment period for the company, which has seen us create a new warehouse facility that will streamline our production and dispatch process.
“The temperature in the facility is now much more stable, making it a more comfortable place to work, especially during the winter months. In addition, we have been able to reduce the amount of energy we use attempting to heat the facility, resulting in a nice added-value saving.”
Jules Rennison, Production and Operations Assistant at DSE, added: “Our warehouse experiences extremely high levels of traffic on a daily basis with inbound deliveries, outbound shipments and the movement of stock to our production facilities.
“Having to keep the main roller shutter door open was causing issues with temperature regulation, particularly during hotter and colder periods. The installation of the high speed door has transformed our working environment and we are delighted with the results. It was a pleasure to project manage this installation alongside Union Industries.”
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