Cabinet Minister visits Cleveland Bridge UK for showcase of steel manufacturing innovation

24th July 2020

Cleveland Bridge UK played host to government minister Rt Hon Amanda Milling MP to showcase the capabilities and innovation of its manufacture of large-scale steel structures at its County Durham factory.

Ms Milling, who is Minister without Portfolio at the Cabinet Office, toured the 22-acre site in Darlington, including its 27,000 square metre fabrication facility, alongside local MPs, Paul Howell and Peter Gibson.

During her visit she was shown a number of projects that are currently being fabricated by the company including a 142-metre flyover bridge that will be installed as part of a major Highways England upgrade project at Testo’s roundabout in Tyne and Wear.

Cleveland Bridge utilises a strong blend of highly experienced engineering personnel combined with the latest efficient production methods and manufacturing technology.

Ms Milling also met with a number of Cleveland Bridge’s trainees who are part of its award-winning apprenticeship programme and was given a briefing on the company’s comprehensive health and wellbeing activities to support its workforce.

Rt Hon Amanda Milling MP said: “I was really impressed with the size and scale of the operation at Cleveland Bridge and the talent of its dedicated workforce to produce such impressive steel structures. It has manufactured some iconic bridges that are recognisable across the world and is a great example of the role high quality companies like Cleveland Bridge can play in our commitment to levelling up the economy.”

Chris Droogan, Managing Director of Cleveland Bridge UK, said: “Ms Milling is a strong advocate for innovation and technology and we were delighted to demonstrate how we are utilising the latest methods and skills to produce the highest quality steel structures for projects in the UK and around the world.

“We continue to build on 150 years of bridge building experience by evolving our capabilities, but also investing in our workforce. We are committed to developing the careers of all our people, from those who have been with us for many decades, through to our latest cohort of apprentices that are gaining the skills and expertise to become valuable members of our team for years to come.”

Sedgefield MP Paul Howell said: “I was very proud to welcome my colleague Amanda Milling to Cleveland Bridge to see first-hand the excellent work that is carried out in its factory. Companies like Cleveland Bridge perform a vital role in the supply chain on major infrastructure projects, which generate and sustain local employment and highlight the engineering and manufacturing capabilities of the North East.”

Darlington MP Peter Gibson said: “I am always keen to highlight the outstanding companies we have in our area to my parliamentary colleagues and I was delighted to join the Minister on our tour of Cleveland Bridge. The company is a jewel in the crown, not only of our local area, but also the UK economy generating important jobs for Darlington and supporting major projects around the country and overseas.”

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