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T Manners and Sons, in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, creates new jobs as orders increase
THE region's oldest family-owned construction and joinery firm, which made wings for fighter aircraft in the First World War, says it intends to continue its famous dynasty after creating news jobs and strengthening its order book.
T Manners and Sons, based in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, says it has been galvanised by the Government's flagship energy scheme, which has seen the fifth generation company secure contracts across the region.
The 153-year-old company, which made wings for Sopwith Camel and SE5 fighter planes, says it has completed work for Darlington Borough Council, and has signed a deal to improve energy efficiency and carry out repairs to more than 50 homes in Spennymoor, County Durham.
The work comes as Manners, set up in 1860 by Thomas Manners in Peel Street, Bishop Auckland, enjoyed a busy summer, with contracts at a number of North-East schools and a deal to extend a community building for worship space at The Salvation Army, in Gateshead.
It has taken on now taken on two apprentices and a trainee quantity surveyor and senior quantity surveyor to continue its progress, and has started work on a major project to provide a workshop and storage and office space for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, in Bowburn, County Durham.
Robert Manners, the company's managing director, said while it was too early to hail green shoots of recovery, it was definitely moving forward.
He said: “We are seeing a pleasing increase in enquiries for projects across the region.
“This, together with the roll-out of energy efficiency projects, has given us the confidence to take on additional staff and continue our commitment to training the craftsmen and professionals of tomorrow.”
The company, which employs about 60 people, and is now based in South Church Enterprise Park, Bishop Auckland, entered this year on the back of contracts worth £2.5m, and has benefited from keeping the business in the family.
It was first handed down to Thomas' son, Robert, who was gassed in the First World War trenches, and he eventually brought in his son, Brian, who had spent much of the Second World War training fighter pilots.
Brian's son, Robert, the great-grandson of founder Thomas, is now company's managing director, with his son, Simon, a company director.
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