Thursday, May 19, 2016

News: Rotherham United announce new main shirt sponsor

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A new home shirt and new home sponsor have been unveiled by Rotherham United after the Championship club agreed a deal with Hodge Clemco for the 2016/17 campaign.

Leading the way in surface preparation since 1959, Hodge Clemco is a leading supplier and manufacturer of abrasive blast cleaning and surface treatment equipment. The customer base includes the MOD, Rolls-Royce and a large number of blue chip companies across a vast area of sectors. It is part of the historic Samuel Hodge group of companies.

Headquartered in Orgreave, Sheffield, Samuel Hodge is a privately owned engineering group with operations across the UK and Poland. With a history dating back to 1887, the group's activities span a diverse range of industrial sectors including aerospace, marine and brewing.

In 2014, the Group acquired Dinnington-based Mac'Ants Abrasives, the supplier of abrasive material used in sandblasting and manufacturing taking employee numbers up to 180 and a combined turnover in excess of £25m.

Previously a business partner of the club, Hodge Clemco's name will now appear on the front of the new shirt replacing long standing home shirt sponsors Parkgate Shopping.

The Millers traditional red and white strip features a hint of yellow in a throwback to the kit worn by the famous 1980/81 team that included the likes of Ronnie Moore, John Breckin, Tony Towner and Rodney Fern.

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Steve Coakley, commercial director at Rotherham United, said: "It gives me great pleasure to confirm that Hodge Clemco are our new home shirt sponsors, whilst it also gives me the opportunity to thank Parkgate Shopping and confirm that they will remain a partner of the club.

"We have been working closely with Neal Crisford and Paul Grattan at Hodge Clemco throughout the 2015/16 season and we are thrilled that the relationship has escalated so quickly.

"Hodge Clemco are another partner who have a global presence in their sector, but have not forgotten their roots with their headquarters based within South Yorkshire.

"Both Neal and Paul have shown a great commitment to Rotherham United by agreeing this deal, they are passionate about the club and we look forward continuing what has been a very successful partnership."

Neal Crisford, group managing director and Paul Grattan, director and general manager at Hodge Clemco, said in a statement: "We are delighted to have agreed a deal to become the new home shirt sponsors of Rotherham United.

"Having being involved as business partner for the 2015/2016 campaign, we wanted to increase our involvement with a growing recognised brand.

"We have both thoroughly enjoyed the family spirit and general goodwill that surrounds being involved with the club, which runs from the board through to the supporters.

"We look forward to what is set to be an exciting partnership going forward."
Having been bought by BMO Real Estate Partners in a £175m deal, the popular Parkgate Shopping park will continue its partnership with Rotherham United, having signed a deal to become the sponsor on the back of the club’s new home shirt.

Steve Coakley added: "It was way back in 1987 that Parkgate first appeared on the front of our first team kits so during the 2016/2017 Sky Bet Championship campaign we can celebrate 30 years of working together.

"Make no mistake, this kind of relationship is such a rarity in today's society, 20 out of the last 29 years we've proudly displayed the Parkgate branding on the front of our shirts and we're delighted that we have the opportunity to continue this, albeit on the reverse of our home shirts, for at least a further season. It is fantastic news for everyone."

Carolyn Sparshott, asset manager at BMO Real Estate Partners, added: "As the new owners, we are thrilled to be continuing the long established partnership between Parkgate Shopping and Rotherham United Football Club into next season."

Hodge Clemco website
Parkgate Shopping website
Rotherham United website

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