Buy-out puts new base on track for engineers

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 18 Jan 2018

A SOUTH Bank engineering firm has been acquired by a long-standing client, with a strong appetite for expansion.

Collingwood Engineering, based in Barton, has been taken over by Trainload, the North Lincolnshire-based rail loading and rail shunting specialist, in an undisclosed deal. 

Now plans are with the local authority to build a new premises in the town for both businesses to jointly occupy, with a plot of land recently purchased. 

The new build premises close to Collingwood’s current location off Dam Road, in Humber Road, feature a 272 sq m workshop and 140 sq m office suite. 

It is hoped work can begin in the next six months.

GRAND DESIGNS: An artist’s impression of the new Collingwood Engineering / Trainload premises.

Jason Dear, who has headed up Trainload for more than 20 years, said: “Collingwood used to manufacture 30 to 40 per cent of our work and has done for many, many years. 

“We have had a very good relationship with them, and the opportunity was there to see if they would sell it to me.”

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Services include machining, turning, boring, milling, drilling and welding.

“We have taken on a new senior design engineer, for the research and development of new shunting machines and loading equipment, while  being able to design equipment for Collingwood’s existing and new clients, and have invested in the latest Solidworks software to undertake this next step forward,” 

Mr Dear said. “The vast majority of what we do as Trainload can now be done in house, and we want to progress what Collingwood offers too.

“The plan is for the expansion to take the company forward with local engineering for local companies, serving their needs with the machine shop, with Trainload expanding and using the expertise in the workshop to manufacture more new shunting equipment as well as undertaking existing project work and older systems.”

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Both businesses have strong histories stretching back more than 50 years, and Collingwood has done a lot of work in the food, manufacturing and petro-chemical industries.  

“We are the only engineering company and machine shop in this area, until you get to either Grimsby or Scunthorpe, and it is our aim to attract new customers, to increase work in the machine shop. We have already taken on another machinist in the workshop due to recent increase in our services,” Mr Dear said.

Trainload’s bespoke work has recently seen two new overseas projects completed, one for rail loading arms in Turkey, and for a winching system in Bulgaria for LUK Oil. It followed a significant order from Mexico late last year.

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