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Zink COMPANY NEWS Copper Stainless 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk Liquid resin roofing and waterproofing manufacturer, Kemper System, says it is celebrating a successful 12 months in business as the end of 2017 approaches. This year not only marks the 20th anniversary of Kemper System in the UK and 60 years globally, but managing director, Harry Cowell, has received the ‘Special Contribution to the Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Industry’ accolade at the inaugural LRWA Awards & Gala event. Kemper System was also named a finalist in two categories at the LRWA Awards. Selected by a panel of expert judges from the construction industry, the coldapplied liquid waterproofing The Ridgeons 25 Club, which was established nearly 60 years ago as a network and support group for the company’s retired employees and to recognise colleagues who have been employed for 25 years or more with the company, says it has welcomed and presented awards to three new members at its annual 25 Club dinner. Established in 1958, the Club says it acknowledges the achievements of all Ridgeons employees who have accomplished 25 years’ service or more. It also acts as a network between members, where they are encouraged to meet and remain in contact with retired employees as well as their families. specialist was shortlisted in the ‘Liquid Roofing Project of the Year under 1000m²’ category with contractors Capital Roofing Co, for its work on the Calvary Charismatic Baptist Church project in London. A second project by Kemper System and Castle Contractors was shortlisted in the ‘Liquid Roofing Project of the Year over 1000m²’ for the refurbishment of the Blackpool Municipal Building in Lancashire. Commenting on his ‘Special Contribution to the Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Industry’ award, Harry Cowell said: “This industry has been very good to me and setting up Kemper System was the best thing I have ever done. I’ve worked with a fantastic team of people Deborah Harper from Ridgeons March in Cambridgeshire, Diane Hewitt from Ridgeons Peterborough and Simon Trimnell from Ridgeons Saffron Walden, were all praised for their achievements as they collected their awards. All were described as ‘hard-working and supportive individuals, who have helped the Ridgeons business grow over the past quarter of a century’. All three received inscribed pens, gifts and a framed special service certificate, which were presented by Gordon Ridgeon and 25 Club president, Rachel Anderson. Gordon Ridgeon, the 25 Club vice president, commented: “We are delighted to have held another successful year of the 25 Club. On behalf of all the Ridgeon family, we are so happy to have celebrated the loyalty and service of our employees and are proud to have welcomed Deborah, Diane and Simon to the Club. It is great to see so many of our employees reaching such impressive milestones and we hope to welcome many more in the coming years.” The annual dinner also honoured the work of Ridgeons’ Linkscheme volunteers, who volunteer their time outside of work to keep in touch with retired members of staff in order to support their welfare. Over 290 former Ridgeons employees are said to receive regular phone calls or visits. The 25 Club annual dinner and awards was held at The Nucleus in Great Chesterford in October and New 25 Club members accepting their awards. (left to right) Rachel Anderson (president of the 25 Club), Diane Hewitt (Ridgeons Peterborough) Johnnie Sam (deputy chairman), Simon Trimnell (Ridgeons Saffron Walden), Ian Northern (Ridgeons CEO), Deborah Harper (Ridgeons March) and Gordon Ridgeon (vice president of the 25 Club) was attended by Ridgeons chairman, Dalton Phillips, CEO Ian Northen and other members of the executive team. www.ridgeons.co.uk Three Ridgeons employees join the 25 club throughout my career – you rely completely on the people you work with and I truly feel blessed.” Earlier this year, Kemper System and Mitie Tilley Roofing also won an award in the ‘Liquid Applied Roofing and Waterproofing’ category for demonstrating first-class delivery at the Gatwick Airport refurbishment project at the annual UK Roofing Awards in May. Entering 2018 will also see positive changes for the business as a new managing director, Peter Dietrich, has been appointed, as Harry Cowell retires from the business. Peter will be joining the UK team from Kemper System in Germany, where his role was head of export. Commenting on the successes of the year, Stuart Hicks at Kemper System said: “Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the team, we have been recognised in two major roofing industry awards, which is fantastic. “For Harry to be recognised in the ‘Special Contribution to the Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Industry’ category at the LRWA event in our 20th year is a real celebration, and we look forward to an exciting year ahead as our new MD, Peter Dietrich, comes on board in 2018.” www.kempersystem.co.uk An award-winning year for Kemper System ForgeFix says it looks set to repeat its success in using its own form of art to raise money for charity. Earlier this year, the business says it donated a 1.2m x 1m portrait of David Bowie, which was created using 4,000 of its ForgeFast elite performance woodscrews, for sale at a silent charity auction held at the NMBS Gala Dinner. The picture reportedly sold for £1,000 with all proceeds being donated to CRASH – the construction industry charity which supports homeless and hospice charities with free advice, practical assistance and financial aid. Now, the company says it aims to go one better with a new portrait of Carrie Fisher. This time, the tribute to the recently deceased actress has been created using over 5,000 ForgeFast screws. It features Carrie as Princess Leia from Star Wars. The latest portrait enjoyed pride of place on the ForgeFix stand at the UK Construction Week (UKCW) exhibition 2017. In the near future, the business will once again donate the portrait to NMBS so its sale can be used to raise funds for CRASH. ForgeFix says it began creating the screw-based portraits of legends from the world of music, sport and film – which the business has dubbed “ScrewsArt” – as a unique and fun way of demonstrating the capabilities of its ForgeFast range. ForgeFix says it has positioned its ForgeFast screws in a new and elite performance category due to their characteristics in a range of areas including corrosion resistance, fixing speed and ease, holding power, pullout and more. Brian Trevaskiss, marketing manager at ForgeFix, said: “When the Bowie ScrewsArt picture was auctioned for charity earlier this year we were both surprised and delighted by the level of demand for the portrait and by the subsequent amount of money it helped to raise for CRASH. “We decided to build on that achievement with our latest piece, depicting the much-loved Princess Leia. Given the popularity of Star Wars and the pending release of the latest film in the franchise, ‘The Last Jedi’, we’re hoping our newest creation will prove even more popular and raise even more money.” www.forgefix.co.uk Fundraising goes intergalactic Harry Cowell receiving his ‘Special Contribution Award’ from LRWA director Dave Roberts and chairman Cliff Weston 014 RCIMAG.COM JANUARY 2018


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