“Day one, I arrive at the offices of Io Systems to be greeted by John & Jenny (the directors), Pat the receptionist, Graham Webb (another former employee) and Sam the dog. This is clearly a different environment to my previous job at Citibank, but thankfully much more intimate and friendly.
On day 2 I was taken by John to WM Lighting (latterly GE Lighting). John was in possession of his new-fangled technological marvel, his mobile car phone. This was an early model and weighed approximately two kilos, took a week to recharge, fifteen minutes to discharge and was roughly the side of a breeze block…. Read more
In the third of our special edition blog posts to celebrate 80 years of technical innovation, Andy Branch reflects on his journey with Logistex:
“I landed at Cleco during a significant period of change. The business was just diversifying from battery powered heavy duty manual truck manufacture into large scale automation projects. There was a general view that automation couldn’t be that difficult, could it? It’s safe to say that the business went through a significant learning curve over the following years. For me this meant opportunity, allowing me to set up a controls team before moving on to running the crane manufacturing team.
Subsequently, FKI purchased Cleco and I took on the challenge of running the Gainsborough conveyor business as well as crane manufacturing. Within FKI Logistex I worked with colleagues in America, Denmark and China, including setting up a joint venture manufacturing facility in Shanghai.
Of course, there were some difficult times towards the end of the FKI era but I stuck with it and am extremely proud of what we have all made of the business in the last seven years.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I have been with Logistex for a long time but it does not feel like it. It is never stale and there is always another challenge around the corner. Long may it continue.”
In the second of our special edition anniversary posts by our longest serving employees, Barry Searcy, who joined the company in 1985, shares his fondest memories of his career so far:
One of my nicest memories of being with the company was travelling out to Holland with Chris Stevenson to install 2 Condor machines in Eindhoven in 1994. When we were removing the tarpaulins from the machines on the back of the lorry trailer, a huge sign with ‘HAPPY 40TH BARRY’ was revealed. This had been placed there by the guys who were loading back at the factory in Market Harborough, in recognition of my 40th birthday.
Working for Logistex has brought me into contact with lots of interesting and friendly colleagues and customers, and over the years this has built into many long term friendships. I have traveled all over the UK and parts of Europe and found the work both varying and interesting.
My first job on the road as a Field Service Engineer, when I joined Cleco in 1985 was a visit to John Lewis in Sheffield, an overnight stop in Sandbach and then a visit to Banbury Tea warehouse in Crewe. I was working and travelling with Neil Chambers on both jobs and I am still working with Neil after all these years.
Mike Hellier, Logistics Project Development Manager at our most longstanding partner, Pladis, wishes Logistex a happy 80th anniversary!
“Our many years in successful partnership with Logistex are testament to their good attitude, high performance and excellent quality. Logistex continues to deliver excellent service within a highly demanding and pressurised environment. The team at Logistex continues to demonstrate organisational and personal excellence and I am confident that our partnership will continue for another 25 years. Happy Anniversary Logistex – your people have made you a success”
Logistex is celebrating its 80th anniversary this month (read the story of our journey here) and so, to mark the occasion, over the coming weeks we will be posting a few snippets written by our longest serving employees, recalling their favourite memories with the company, how times have changed, and why they have stayed with Logistex for so long!
First up, Dave Acton, Director – Engineering Support Services, who has been with the company for 20 years, tells us what he likes most about the culture of Logistex:
Having been with Logistex since the Cleco days I have seen lot of change over the years. The one thing that has been consistent over the years is the “we are one“attitude of the people in the company. We are fortunate in that we work in an exciting and interesting sector that is without a doubt challenging at times. When the chips are down the company really pulls together, many people willingly support each other and that makes such a difference. So I suppose the reason I am still here is the people involved and as I see it, it’s true “we are one”.