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Posted: Thursday 12th March 2009

Richard Alan Engineering (RAE), well known for its provision of complete engineering solutions, has been commissioned by Huddersfield based, Thornton and Ross, to manufacture and install steelwork, pipework, storage vessels and ancillary equipment for a new storage tank farm project.

The work is part of a larger contract awarded to Manrochem Limited, the process engineering company, also based in Huddersfield. It is phase one of a major manufacturing development at Thornton and Ross's Linthwaite plant which will provide significant additional capacity for pharmaceutical production.

Thornton and Ross Ltd is the largest independent pharmaceutical manufacturer in the UK and is expanding rapidly. It develops and manufactures a growing portfolio of healthcare products that include well known brands such as Covonia, Hedrin, Asilone, Setlers, Transvasin and Zoflora.

Richard Alan Engineering is part of the Richard Alan Group (RAG) and has gained an enviable reputation as 'one stop shop' provider. It is the largest member of the group and credited with being the catalyst for the conception and development of RAG.

For many years, the company has provided engineering solutions to a long list of blue chip clients some as far afield as Sweden and France. With its highly skilled and trained workforce, RAE covers all aspects of heavy fabrication, sheet metalwork and structural steelwork and offers a full design and build service.

Edward Jennings, RAE's operations director, said:

“We are delighted to have won this contract with such an important client as Thornton and Ross. It is a tribute to the skills and services available in Kirklees that three local companies can work together on such a major engineering project.

“This project is especially pleasing because we seem to be bucking the trend of the current economic climate.

Paul Attwell, Thornton and Ross's operations director, said:

“We are pleased to be working with a highly regarded local company that is able to offer a cost effective solution to a key part of our ambitious development”.

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