British Steel has promised to help South Tees to reach its economic potential, following Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen’s visit to the company’s Teesside Beam Mill (TBM) and Teesside Service Centre (TSC).
The mill, which is maintaining the history of steel-making on Teesside, is based in the area the South Tees Development Corporation wants to transform into a world-class industrial business park, creating 20,000 jobs.
British Steel management say the company, which manufactures large steel sections at Lackenby for major construction projects, can play an important part in the regeneration plan.
Richard Farnsworth, British Steel’s managing director construction, said: “We’re hugely supportive of efforts to regenerate this area’s economy and look forward to working with the Mayor, and the Development Corporation, to help the South Tees region achieve its incredible potential.
“It was great to hear of the Mayor’s plans for this area and discuss how we can work together to not only support our business, our employees, our customers and suppliers, but the wider Teesside economy.
“We employ more than 400 highly-skilled people at our beam mill and service centre, and the steel they make and deliver continues to shape some of the most famous cities in the world – from London to New York.
“Their expertise is helping ensure Teesside maintains its global reputation for manufacturing excellence and, by working with our partners throughout this area, we’ve great confidence we can play a significant role in the economic regeneration of this region.”
During his visit, the Mayor discussed his vision for the South Tees region before touring British Steel’s Teesside Beam Mill to see steel sections being manufactured. Mr Houchen also visited the company’s service centre which is a national hub for the processing and distribution of the sections.
Richard said: “The steel industry in this region is significantly smaller than it used to be so we’re extremely proud to still be manufacturing on Teesside and to be able to show Ben the vital role steel has in Teesside’s future.
“Our heritage is important to us but it’s important people understand we’re continually modernising and investing in our people and plant. By doing so we can ensure we deliver the high quality products and services our customers demand.”
British Steel’s Teesside Beam Mill plant manager, Andy Williams, said: “This was the first time the Mayor had visited our mill and he couldn’t help but be impressed – not only by the manufacturing process but by the dedication and expertise of our employees.
“We’re looking to the future and have taken on 10 apprentices this year, underlining our commitment to building a new generation of Teesside steelworkers.”
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “British Steel is turning its business around and is making a hugely positive impact on the economic landscape of Tees Valley.
“I saw for myself the level of investment and innovation within the company and was delighted to learn they’re training the next generation of skilled workers, apprentices who are continuing the area’s great tradition of steelmaking."