Friday, January 20, 2012

News: Rotherham companies on top at the Sheffield Business Awards


Rotherham company, ESCO Hydra UK picked up the outstanding Business of the Year Award at the recent Sheffield Business Awards.

Organised by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, the awards celebrate and reward the achievements of businesses throughout the Sheffield City Region.

In addition to the top award, ESCO Hydra UK also scooped the Excellence in International Trade Award.

One of Rotherham's most profitable businesses, Hydra Mining Tools International, was acquired by the American ESCO Corporation for an undisclosed sum last year. They employ 139 people with headquarters at Kimberworth, Rotherham, where carbide, mineral cutting tools, toolholders, cutting chains, conveyor rollers and related components are produced.

Their Doncaster factory specialises in fabrication work, producing shearer drums, cutting heads and discs, jibs for cutting chains, and conveyor structure.

Sales were £11.8m in 2010 and the firm saw exports climb to £8.7m, up 65% a year compared to 2008. This was boosted by its Chinese and American subsidiaries and they now win 26.5% of sales from China, compared with 2% in 2008.

Fellow Rotherham company, Sizer Pelleting was also recognised on the night, when their managing director, Roger Pearson, was named as Business Person of the Year.

Templeborough-based Sizer, which is part of the Newburgh group, is an expert in providing pelleting solutions for a wide range of different materials.

The simple process turns difficult to handle materials into individual pellets that, depending on the waste material, can be used for anything from animal feed and fertiliser to biomass fuel for heating homes.

Eastwood manufacturer, CMD Ltd was runner up for Next Big Thing Award for their Footprint system that reduces energy use in the workplace.

Rotherham recruitment specialist, Elevation Recruitment, were headline sponsors for the awards.

ESCO Hydra UK website
Sizer website
Sheffield Business Awards website

Images: Sheffield Chamber


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