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Issue 8, Summer 2014Finley Structures Newsletter

Its InTheFamily...

Family-run firm established

Three generations of the Finley familytake centre stage at steel ceremonyon historic Hitach site...

Finley Structures Newsletter Issue 8, Summer 2014

Welcome to the summer 2014 issue of

our company newsletter.

As you will no doubt know, were currently

constructing the steel frame for Hitachi Rail

Europes new train-building facility in Newton

Aycliffe, on behalf of main contractor Shepherd


We were recently privileged and very honoured

to take part in a steel ceremony hosted by

Hitachi and Merchant Place Developments

recently, where I was given the opportunity to

address guests.

It was a very special moment for the Finley

family, with my daughter Grace and father John

in attendance, it made up three generations of

our family.

Finley Structures was established in 2000 by

my father, John. However, my mother Valerie

also played a major part, and very rarely gets a

mention. But, as they say, behind every good

man, is a good woman.

John's ambition was to build a company that

would create sustainable employment, while

delivering top quality products and service.

The company has grown immeasurably over

the years, slowly increasing the workforce,

picking up bigger, high-profile contracts and

increasing turnover year-on-year.

To us, this project is more than just a contract.

It's an historic one.

It will bring train-building back to the birthplace

of the railways. It will bring hundreds of jobs to

the area and then thousands more in the supply


It will help to create prosperity and, for Aycliffe

Business Park, it will raise the profile.

Theres lots of other news and up-to-date

projects in this newsletter.

I hope you enjoy it.


Managing DirectorFinley Structures Ltd

Whinbank Way

Aycliffe Business Park

Newton Aycliffe

Co. Durham


T: 01325 328120

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Proud moment forFinley family at Hitachisteel ceremony


Were a family-owned

company providing

structural steelwork to the

construction industry.

Our premises are based on

Aycliffe Business Park, in County

Durham, providing a central

location and flexibility to supply the

whole of the UK.

Whilst providing a wide range of

structural solutions, the company

specialises in the production of

portals, trusses, beams and


Were determined to ensure that

customers requirements are met at

all times with quality and cost being

at the forefront.

As a team we guarantee that

delivery is timely and strive to

achieve a first class reputation to

be at the leading edge within the

construction industry.

We are continuously investing to

ensure we have the latest

technology and software.

Finley Structures was established

in 2000 by John Finley and, since

then, we have grown significantly.

Weve increased our workforce

and worked on high-profile projects

up and down the country.

We have reinforced our position is

one of the market-leading steel

fabricating firms in the country.

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Finley Structures Newsletter Issue 6, Summer 2013

Weve appointed a new Senior Quantity

Surveyor - and her first job is to work

on the high-profile Hitachi Rail Europe

project in Newton Aycliffe.

Diane Ruston is used to working on large-scale

construction projects in her previous role for a

major national construction company.

The 30-year-old says she jumped at the

chance to work for Aycliffe-based family-run firm

Finley Structures.

"The attraction was working for a family firm,

and working in smaller teams," says Diane, who

graduated from Warwick University in 2004 with

a degree in economics.

"I can get more involved in the systems side of

jobs and looking at procedures, and the

opportunity to work on projects like Hitachi's

train-building factory is fantastic."

Darlington firm Shepherd Construction, the

main contractor for the Hitachi project, handed

Finley Structures the task of constructing the

steel frame of the main factory on the

42,700sqm site at Aycliffe Business Park earlier

this year.

Diane added: Diane added: At the moment

were working on the main shed build, so theres

a lot of Hitachi steel going through the factory.

"I look after the financial and legal side of the

project, sub-contract orders and working on our

contract with Shepherd.

"It's great to be working on such a high-profile

project straight away. The Hitachi development

is huge for the area but also for the UK, so

naturally we're keen to do the best job we

possibly can."

Diane joining Finley Structures comes six

months after the high-profile appointment of Jim

Graham, who joined the Aycliffe firm as

operations manager.

Managing director Julie Finley said: "Diane's

appointment is another hugely positive

development for the company and is another

indicator of the direction in which we're heading.

"Our team has already showed its capability to

work on major projects, but Diane brings more

qualities to the table and, as well as working on

the Hitachi project, her knowledge and expertise

will only enhance all of the projects we're

working on and will continue to win in the


Finley Structures, started by Managing Director

John Finley in 2000, has completed a string of

high-profile contracts in recent years.

The company has worked with Shepherd

Construction on a 1,000-tonne project at Drax

Power Station in Selby, North Yorkshire, and the

950-tonne National Renewable Energy Centre

(NAREC) in Blyth, as well as a 500-tonne

contract at Ercall Wood Technology College in

Telford and a 400-tonne job at Daventry

Academy, Northampton.


Finley Structures Newsletter Issue 8, Summer 2014

Economics graduate joins us as newSenior Quantity Surveyor

Students from Durham University enjoyed

a tour of Finley Structures recently.

Eleven first year engineering students, who are

all 19, were given a tour at our factory on

Aycliffe Business Park as part of their hands

on week with nearby training provider South

West Durham Training (SWDT).

The week forms an essential part of their

studies, giving them a real life insight into their

industry, before they continue their academic

work at University.

Finley Structures regularly welcomes students

and local schools into its factory.

Managing Director Julie Finley said: Its

important for young people to see for

themselves the modern workplace and were

always keen to welcome students into our

factory whenever we can.

For engineering students, in particular, the

workforce of tomorrow, it will hopefully prove to

be a useful part of their studies.

Durham student Magnus Pierre, who visited

the Finley site, said: I found it very interesting

and useful.

Seeing something practical in the workshop is

invaluable to our studies and it gives us a great

indication as to the scale of some of the projects

local companies are working on every day.

SWDTs Business Development Manager Kate

Chapman added: As part of our ongoing

partnership with Durham University, 150

students come to us for a week to get practical

experience in the workplace.

They spend a lot of time in our state-of-the-art

workshops and get to see the world of work at

close hand during site visits to various

companies in the area.

Its essential for students to go out there and

complement their academic studies with real


Uni students learn about steel fabrication

Eddie Pitchers gives the Durham University

students a tour around our factory.

Finley Structures Newsletter



Below (top left):John Finley with daughter Julie and grandaughter

Grace during the ceremony.

Below (top right):Phil Wilson MP o