A CHRISTCHURCH-based steel construction firm celebrated its centenary year with a party for staff members, clients, suppliers and business associates.
REIDsteel, founded by Col. John Reid in France in 1919, designs and builds structures throughout the UK and across the world.
The company has a four-acre site on Reid Street and is still owned by the Reid family, who employ a core staff of 130 people and export to more than 140 countries.
The directors, Tim Cook, Tim Reid, managing director Simon Boyd, Peter Reid and Richard Hanson (pictured left to right), welcomed guests from across the UK and locations in Belize, Ghana, India, the British Virgin Islands and Mauritius to the Captain’s Club Hotel in Christchurch.
Mr Boyd said: “One hundred years on, the company has a multi-million pound turnover, has exported to more than 140 countries to date, won four Queen’s Awards for International Trade, and has maintained its position as the go-to company for the most cost-effective, high-quality structures.
“While exporting remains an important factor for the future, we continue to develop our important UK market which has always been a mainstay of the business.
“Our longevity and success has been down to the skills and hard work of our people, who have provided the best quality service with integrity over many years.”
The company has plans in 2020 to move to a purpose-built facility in the Christchurch area – the location of which has not yet been revealed – to allow it to invest in cutting-edge technology, boost productivity and create more jobs.
Its planning application for housing on its current site is with the newly formed BCP Council.
For more details about the firm go to reidsteel.com