Dorset structural steel firm hits pre-Covid productivity levels

Simon Boyd, managing director of Reid Steel.

Structural steel company John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) is back to pre-Covid productivity levels at its manufacturing facility in Dorset.

The 130-strong firm has welcomed staff back into its workshops with social distancing, and has resumed operations on its construction sites.

Now REIDsteel is set to phase the return of office staff at its Christchurch headquarters, the majority of whom have been working remotely from home.

Managing director Simon Boyd said: “We have reached and are now exceeding pre-lockdown productivity levels in our manufacturing facility.

“Praise must go to all of our people who returned to work raring to go and embraced our new Covid-19 working practices.

“Our construction operations have also successfully resumed and we intend to introduce a phased return for our office staff.

“The commitment of our people has helped to place the company in a very strong position so it is able to play a full part in supporting the country’s economic recovery.”

REIDsteel was one of the first to shut down its manufacturing and construction site operations following the Government’s coronavirus lockdown in March – and led the way in re-opening five weeks later.

Thanks to its in-house capabilities and expertise, REIDsteel is regularly contracted to design, manufacture and supply complete steel structures including the cladding, glazing, louvres and staircases for projects anywhere in the UK, Europe and across the world.

They include advanced aircraft hangars, bridges, hospitals, sports stadia, disaster resilient buildings, defensive structures, churches, schools, industrial and commercial buildings, and warehouses.

It was the first contractor to sign the UK Steel Charter and appointed British Steel as its preferred supplier to support the industry and UK economy.