Hull firm galvanized by multi-million pound expansion with new jobs

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 3 Apr 2019

Expansion at a Hull business will help create new jobs and boost turnover.

Humber Galvanizing, based in Citadel Way, specialises in coating steel and iron with zinc to prevent rusting.

The business recently completed a multi-million pound investment, and now boasts the biggest galvanizing bath in Yorkshire.

Its new-look site will be officially opened by Hull East MP Karl Turner next month.

Richard Speake, general manager, said: “This is a major investment that will have a significant impact on the business.

“It will increase both the number and size of the jobs we’re able to do and that extra capacity will also boost our turnover.

“It’s a project that will give us the infrastructure we need to ensure we’re 'Fit for the Future' and the kind of platform from which we can grow even stronger.”

Richard Speake, general manager at Humber Galvanizing (Zen Communications)

The plant has invested in two new ‘triple acid’ baths and has made a string of changes in support of its commitment to health and safety.

Expansion of the site, including the yard extension completed six months before, included major groundwork to extend an existing pit for the new main bath, which measures 7.5m long, 1.2m wide and 2.7m deep.

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Upgraded handling equipment - together with the introduction of an innovative transfer system and new forklift trucks - will increase safety on the site.

Mr Speake said: “Our old bath wasn’t always big enough for some of the work that customers wanted and we’d have to send projects to one of our sister plants within the group.

Inside Humber Galvanizing (Zen Communications)

“Now we have the size of bath that can cope with much longer lengths of steel and that will have fantastic implications for us moving forward.

“We’ve been at this site for 22 years and never up scaled before so we’ve moved with the times and it’s an historic moment for us. It is also a commitment to the future of the business.”

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A state-of-the-art digital furnace will improve efficiency and reliability – and lead to predicted maintenance procedures – while a heat exchanger will harness heat that was previously lost, enabling it to be used elsewhere in the process.

Mr Speake said: “A number of major renewable energy firms have built new plants here this year as part of the ‘Green Port’ campaign linked to City of Culture status.

“It encourages businesses to invest in the region and that’s something that will hopefully have benefits for us too

“Our expansion gives us the ability and capacity to work closely with these companies and that’s an exciting prospect for everybody.”

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