Engineer marks 90 years not out

PCT, a Sheffield-based engineering firm, has paid tribute to staff as it marks its 90th anniversary.

The sub-contract engineering company, based at Holbrook, Sheffield, was founded in 1926 and has survived war, recession and numerous steel crises, thanks to innovation, staff loyalty and hard work, the boss said.

PCT operates in sectors including the construction and automotive industries and manufactures 50,000 towbars each year.

In recent years it has specialised in the development and fabrication of working at height safety equipment. It also offers high definition plasma profiling and metal fabrication including prototype development.

James Harding-Terry, managing director of PCT, said: “For any business to reach the 90-year milestone is a huge achievement - but for a manufacturing company it’s a tremendous feat.

“We’ve had to overcome lots of business challenges including the changing nature of UK manufacturing to get to where we are today; a £5m turnover business employing 80.

“Our staff have played a pivotal role in helping PCT evolve and we thank them for their commitment. Each time we’ve faced a challenge we’ve found a new marketplace or developed a new product.

“Diversification has enabled us to change and grow and survive.”

PCT started life as a small business making press tools delivered by bike. It is still a family-run firm, but now provides sub-contract engineering services across the UK.

The team works on a range of engineering jobs, including high profile projects for Tesco and Heathrow Airport as well as fabrication work for independent, local companies.