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Steel structures firm plans to create more jobs in North Wales

A leading manufacturer celebrating 10 years in business is steeling itself for further growth after securing major national contracts.

S4S (Steel 4 Structures) is planning to recruit 10 new staff and unveil a 12,500 sq ft extension to its 37,500 sq ft Buckley factory after winning a raft of clients during Covid.

The company, which already employs more than 30 people, recently won a tender to build and extend sites for a top supermarket chain and has carried out fabrication and engineering work for brands including Porsche, Coca Cola, Heineken, Costa Coffee, Greggs, and Home Bargains.

Managing director Tom Phillips launched the firm – previously Agrihaul Engineering Ltd – with a friend in September 2011, providing welding and fabrication services to the renewable sector. A change to the UK feed-in tariff and his partner’s decision to refocus toward structural steel. It was a move that paid off.

S4S managing director Tom Phillips

“I had a choice, to stick with renewables or change our whole direction,” said Tom, who has children Sebastian and Charlotte with wife Lisa.

“It was a tough time, but I felt it was the right thing to do and invested heavily in a Lincoln Electric Python X CNC robotic structural fabrication machine, one of only four in the UK.

“That was a gamble, but with the support of family, friends and our incredible staff it made the difference.

“The machinery took us to another level, and we quickly became able to do things our competitors were unable to; we could produce everything quicker and more efficiently – from there we grew and grew, acquiring cutting-edge machines from Voortman and a Pangborn blastline, which again give us more scope to deliver.”

Tom added: “Everyone is excited about what’s next, and that’s the opening of our new space to include offices, workshops and an additional car park.

“We are also continuing to partner huge names in numerous sectors, and an area we have had a lot of success is in the construction of supermarkets, large retail outlets, food factories and car showrooms. We offer a turnkey service, from a fabrication workshop, a paint shop, transport and erection/installation on site. This is a big USP for us.”

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