Congratulations to Spirotech Group Works Manager Sean Huckle, who has been with the company for 40 years.
Starting work as a fledgling engineer (with tea-making featuring prominently in those first few months!) Sean has steadfastly garnered expertise and knowledge of all aspects of the ever-expanding business since joining in the autumn of 1979, when the small company of four employees were situated in Little Staughton in North Bedfordshire.
Since then, various location moves and buy-outs have resulted in the Spirotech Group now employing over 70 staff across its divisions and work is just about to commence on the construction of an even larger brand new smart factory and Head Office on the outskirts of Sawtry, close to the A1 in Cambridgeshire.
In Sean’s own words
“I was a 16 year old lad looking for work and I actually had my interview for Spirotech in the local pub – not that unusual in those days! I started at Spirotech Engineering, which was then owned by John Owen, as a general trainee welder and got to know all aspects of the auger business – which was the main product that Spirotech started production of then. As the company grew and began producing screw conveyors I undertook a Sheet Metal Pattern Development training course at college which helped to develop my skills in this area.
I’ve seen many changes over the years as technology advances and this has a huge impact on the ability of the company to increase design and manufacturing ideas and diversify into other areas. Today the Spirotech Group has a much broader range of products than when I started and is a world leader in design, manufacture and supply.
Looking forward to the coming years
My role as Works Manager includes the day-to-day running of the engineering facility as well as travelling around the globe to oversee installation and commissioning of our varied product range. Every job has its moments and it would be dull if it didn’t but I’ve always enjoyed my job and I’m very fortunate to have worked alongside some very talented people and to have helped the company grow to what it is today. I look forward to many more years of exciting growth and development.”
Sean, who lives locally and enjoys family, friends, motorcycling and fishing when not on the factory floor, is looking forward to the next stage of the company’s growth with enthusiasm.
Well done Sean!