Major contracts for fledgling town firm

Alan Roberts of C & A Pumps with Evan Edwards from Gee Dee Tankers
Alan Roberts of C & A Pumps with Evan Edwards from Gee Dee Tankers

A FLEDGLING company has celebrated 12 months in business by clinching a deal with a steel giants.

Hartlepool firm C&A Pumps secured a contract with steel giants SSI to work with dangerous chemicals. The company has been called in to install radar detection units on caustic and sulphuric tanks to monitor stock control in a safe environment.

The deal comes as C&A moves towards its first anniversary in operation but there’s more good news as the firm is on course to reach its target of a first year turnover of £500,000.

It has also clinched client customers including UK Steel, Warburtons, Seymour Engineering, Durham Prison, Sedgefield Racecourse, Hartlepool Water, and Mason & Partners (Tees Bay).

Another deal saw C & A Pumps work with Graythorp Industrial Estate-based Gee Dee Tankers to fast track them through the administrative processes needed to be awarded the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certificates.

Company boss Alan Roberts said: “We were very proud that a company as big as SSI came to us and we are delighted we have been able to install equipment that has been so very important to their operations.”

C & A Pumps & Engineering Ltd provides electrical and mechanical installation services for commercial and industrial customers.

The business had been part of a larger engineering group called Renew Holdings until the parent company decided to close the operation.

But rather than end a 24 year association with C & A Pumps, employee Alan Roberts decided to buy the identity and re-launch as a brand new business – immediately safeguarding 10 jobs.

Alan also decided to locate the new C & A Pumps & Engineering Ltd in his hometown of Hartlepool with the business occupying two offices and a workshop at the town’s Queen’s Meadow Business Park.

Alan said: “Our employees need certain health and safety training certificates to be able to go on site and undertake work so we knew our suppliers, clients and competitors would all need the same. We do a lot of short training courses as well as accreditation training and writing systems for companies who need their ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001 which are the standards needed to work with bigger companies.”