Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pounds 100m JOBS JOY; Hundreds to Be Taken on as Cleveland Bridge Clinches Major Deals

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pounds 100m JOBS JOY; Hundreds to Be Taken on as Cleveland Bridge Clinches Major Deals

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Byline: By JEZ DAVISON

A DARLINGTON construction firm is on a mission to recruit 300 new staff in 12 months after winning two contracts with a combined value of pounds 100m.

Cleveland Bridge has scooped a pounds 50m order to carry out steelwork and metal decking on the iconic Shard of Glass - London's new super-tall skyscraper.

It has also won a contract to supply up to 20,000 tonnes of steel for the extension of the M74 around south-east Glasgow.

The work will enable Cleveland Bridge to boost turnover from pounds 45m to pounds 70m this year and create other jobs across Teesside's engineering supply chain.

Managing director Brian Rogan hailed the deals as a triumph of his skilled workforce and was "confident" of securing contracts of a similar scale before the end of the year.

He said: "We are currently bidding for a number of major national and international contracts.

"We're in with as good a chance as anyone else on most of them - and a better chance than most on one or two of them."

He believes a continuation of the current economic slump - which has created a toxic mix of falling orders and spiraling raw material costs for UK manufacturers - would not prove a barrier to winning further work.

He said: "Generally steelwork firms have been doing OK, although most manufacturers have been affected by the rising cost of materials.

"However, if steel prices go up, everyone in the industry is in the same boat so it doesn't make competing for work any harder."

The company employs around 600 staff from its Darlington manufacturing base and is looking to recruit factory and site workers as well as staff for managerial roles.

Specialising in the design and construction of major bridges and landmark structures, it has worked on iconic buildings including the Humber Bridge in East Yorkshire and Australia's famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. …

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