DTE Cramlington, which supplies customers in the north east with trusses, spandrel panels, I-joists, and open web joists, was our first branch outside Scotland. In that time, the branch has gone from strength to strength and now has a turnover of £3.9m per annum.
Seven of the 30 current employees at Cramlington are also marking their quarter-century with DTE, including Keith Peart, who was general manager for 20 years before side-stepping into a technical sales role in 2012.
Commenting on the milestone, Jonathan Fellingham, managing director of DTE, said: “This is a terrific achievement for DTE and the Cramlington branch, with 25 years of operation confirming our position in the north east construction industry. Several members of the team have been with the branch since day one – and many customers have too – and we’re incredibly proud of this accomplishment.”
Andrew Lee took over from Peart as general manager five years ago. Commenting on the business, he said: “DTE is a family business and this ethos cascades down through all of the branches. We’ve got a solid team in Cramlington and the fact Keith and six other employees have been here for all 25 years really shows their loyalty and investment in the company. The local knowledge and expertise in the branch is unbeatable.”
The occasion was marked by a staff event at the branch, where Fellingham and Group managing director of James Donaldson & Sons, Scott Cairns, presented long-serving staff with anniversary awards and certificates.
DTE was established in Scotland in 1985 and has eight branches across the UK.