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Issue 8, Summer 2014Finley Structures Newsletter
Family-run firm established 2000:www.finleystructures.co.uk
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
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
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
Aycliffe Business Park
T: 01325 328120
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Proud moment forFinley family at Hitachisteel ceremony
Were a family-owned
structural steelwork to the
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
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
"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
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
Diane joining Finley Structures comes six
months after the high-profile appointment of Jim
Graham, who joined the Aycliffe firm as
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
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
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