Eight months on from the devastasting blaze that tore through Miall Street Mills, a boss has told how his firm has risen from the ashes.
Dennis Rose, director of Denholt Industrial Fabrications, had to move his business out of the complex it had called home for seven years after it was ravaged by the fire last June.
“I was absolutely devastated. You are just watching your lifetime’s work going up in flames,” he said.
“We lost four fifths of what we had - it all went through the floor. We just managed to salvage bits and bobs.”
The damage was estimated at around £70,000, but fortunately the company was insured.
It moved to Sowerby Bridge at first, where it was put up temporarily by Pulman Steel.
The company now has a five-year lease on a unit in Queens Road, Halifax, where it moved last month.
“We’ve downsized a bit but we can manage in here still,” said Mr Rose.
“We’re doing the same turnover but we do it quicker and get it out faster.
“We’re really busy - we’ve got about £120,000 worth of work on.”
The firm manufactures conveyors for the engineering industry, as well as other sheet metal work.
It has an annual turnover of around £500,000 and counts companies like Marshalls among its clientele.
Mr Rose puts its success through the recession, and the fire, down to a flexible approach.
“We diversify. We don’t stick to one product because that spells the death. It’s the proverbial eggs in one basket.
“You’ve got to be versatile and we can make anything.”
Mr Rose and his fellow director Richard Holt employ four workers.
Mr Rose said: “They have been wonderful through all this. We’ve got some of the best lads that anybody could ever have.
“I’d like to thank our customers for sticking by us, and I’m looking now to the future - because it’s looking rosy.”
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