South Tyneside firm lands £2.6million Dogger Bank contract, securing 40 jobs - and picks up Best of South Tyneside Award nomination
A South Tyneside firm has secured the jobs of 40 workers – and it is hoping to celebrate again by winning an award.
Shaftesbury Avenue-based Metec Cathodic Protection recently secured a £2.6million Dogger Bank wind farm contract which will mean all jobs at the firm are safe for three years.
It comes after plans were approved for a new hub at Port of Tyne, serving what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, with hopes the borough will be at the centre of a green energy jobs boom.
Production manager Simon Cross said the contract involved making sacrificial anodes for the long-term protection of steel jackets and foundations against corrosion and they are used in the offshore renewable energy industry.
Sacrificial anodes are materials which easily corrode but that means the rest of the system should be relatively corrosion free.
But the Dogger Bank deal is not the only success story for Metec. It has also done work at a port in Hartlepool, Belfast, and on the Tyne.
Simon added: “We have completed eight or nine projects, with four ongoing.”
The success for Metec comes after the Italian-owned company had investment from its owners of around £4million and another proud boast of the South Tyneside firm is that all of its workforce is local.
Now Metec has been nominated for a Best of South Tyneside Award and Simon said: “We are very proud of our progress to go from six people to a staff of 40 in give years. And we are proud of how many of our people are from the area.”
If Metec was to win the award, it would be ‘prestigious for the company and it would make the staff proud,” said Simon.
Metec joins a growing list of impressive nominations for this year’s awards.
The annual Best of South Tyneside Awards are back with a headline sponsor of UTS.
It has been two years since we last held the prestigious event and the world has changed beyond recognition since then.
Once again we want to hear about the best that the borough has to offer from courageous children to stage stars of the future. We want to reward the role models, community champions, community groups and outstanding entrepreneurs.
You have plenty of time to come forward with the names of those you want to see in the running. Once we pass the competition deadline, a panel of judges will meet to draw up the shortlist, before the winners are decided at an awards ceremony on December 15.
For now, though, get those nominations in. You can send them by email to [email protected] co.uk.
To find out more, visit https://www.bestofsouthtyneside.co.uk/
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