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Barnsley Mayor welcomes international manufacturer


Mayor Caroline Makinson and Andel staff
Mayor Caroline Makinson and Andel staff

The Worshipful Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor Caroline Makinson, welcomed the UK’s leading developer of specialised leak detection and environmental protection systems, Andel, to Barnsley recently when she officially opened the new office.

The Right Honourable The Lord Newby also attended the event and unveiled a plaque for the Yorkshire company’s new manufacturing unit.

Andel, previously based in Huddersfield, is also responsible for oil storage, fuel maintenance, sampling and inspections at more than 50% of all NHS trusts in England.

Its client list includes HM The Queen, HM Government (including the NHS, Ministry of Defence, Home Office and DEFRA) and virtually every major western financial institution and telecoms provider. Andel exports worldwide and other customers include The Pentagon and Hong Kong International Airport.

The new manufacturing unit in Dodworth will make leak detection panels, BundGuard dewatering pump systems and bespoke control systems for special projects and has been built with state-of-the-art workstations allowing for more efficient production.

In June 1992, the late Ian Pogson started the business from his garden shed in Marsden creating a leak detection system like no other on the market. In the early days, Pogson employed just a handful of staff, to support the development and manufacturing of his new Floodline system. Now the Yorkshire manufacturer, which employs around 60 and has a turnover of between 4 and 5 million, is starting a new chapter at its South Yorkshire premises.

Managing Director of Andel, Peter Double, said: “Being based in Barnsley has opened up a lot more opportunities for us with great transport links, quality employment pool and fantastic government support. We are really proud to call Dodworth our new home and plan to stay here long term.”

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