Steely rise of machines from depths of recession

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 27 Dec 2018

EXPANSION plans have been revealed by a Grimsby precision engineering firm as it marks its tenth anniversary.

Centre Line Machining Ltd caters for customers in the food, packaging and freezer industries with niche engineering needs. Company directors Phil Greensmith and Christine Greensmith launched as the recession hit, starting off with a single computer numerical control milling machine purchased from eBay and three employees. Now it is looking into expanding the Spencer Street site to increase capacity. Now 10 years on, the company employs 12 people including three fully qualified apprentices and a new apprentice - Connor Dodson - who recently joined.

Mr Greensmith said: “When we started the company during the recession with workshop manager Jim Carter, I received little confidence from my peers, so it just goes to show when you have the expertise and seek a gap in the market, it can be made a success. It’s fulfilling to see the team expand over the years and our apprentices have grown in knowledge and confidence and we have provided them with full-time employment.

“Business is thriving as customers seek precise metal work more than ever and we’re currently seeking opportunities to expand our site which will enable us to purchase more machinery, grow our team further and cater for the demand in this niche engineering market.”

Not only does Centre Line Machining create precise machine parts for companies such as Young’s Seafood, Aunt Bessie’s and Country Style Foods, it has also catered for a European Formula One team.

“We can create bespoke products using our state-of-the-art machinery and years of knowledge in catering for a variety of metal work,” added Mrs Greensmith. “Nothing is too much of a challenge for us, we have even created a pair of metal flip-flops for a religious leader which are now placed in a shrine in India!” A celebratory event to mark the longevity of Centreline Machining was held at Lucarly’s in Humberston with employees, friends and family.

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