NW Evening Mail, 6 April 2010
THE boss of a Barrow engineering company says he has had one of his best ever years despite the recession.
Russell Richards, of Joss Engineering, was speaking as he prepared to switch part of the business, including the headquarters office, to the former Furness Fans building on the Sowerby Woods Industrial Park.
Furness Fans went into liquidation in February but its founder, Ron Whitworth, still owns the building.
Now he is leasing most of it to Joss while retaining a corner area for his new fan making company, Moduflow.
Joss operates from a range of buildings on The Meetings estate off Park Road.
Mr Richards said: “We are still going to be based here as well, but we are taking on the Sowerby Woods building too.
“We just need the space because we are expanding.
“The climate is great as far as we are concerned.
“I have had a brilliant year.”
Customers for the firm’s manufacturing skills include BAE Systems and the nuclear industry.
Mr Richards says Joss Engineering has diversified greatly, adding more services to its core business, including supplying industrial parts and components
He said: “We have got a precision engineering side which is machining, milling, turning and grinding. We do fabrications and welding.
“We are also now distributing a range of industrial products and are agents for the likes of Bosch.
“What we are aiming to do is to be a complete one-stop shop for customers.”
Mr Richards, who moved to Barrow from Birmingham to buy Joss Engineering in 2004, says the firm’s most grimy operations will stay at The Meetings, with cleaner work switching to the new HQ.