Success is a family affair for growing firms

Success story: Left to right, Coun Harry Trueman; Paul and Hayley Almond of Temla; Dean Almond and Paul Almond of Almet.
Success story: Left to right, Coun Harry Trueman; Paul and Hayley Almond of Temla; Dean Almond and Paul Almond of Almet.
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TWO growing Wearside companies are keeping success in the family.

Almet Sheetmetal Fabrications in Washington was started by Paul Almond 20 years ago and laser cutting firm Temla was set up in the same factory by his son and daughter Paul and Hayley in 2013.

“Ambitious businesses like these and others in manufacturing, engineering and technology are precisely the types of enterprises we want to encourage to grow in Sunderland.”It’s a

Coun Harry Trueman

Now Temla has moved into its own premises to cope with an increase in orders.

Almet, whose biggest customers are Nissan, Komatsu and Caterpillar, has invested £65,000 in a new brake press machine and taken on six staff.

“Our work with Nissan is at the site, not on the products or the cars themselves,” said Paul.

“We are now diversifying to include other industries. My oldest son Richard is an architect in London, and his contacts have helped win high-end architectural metalwork from a polo club in Singapore, contracts in Geneva and work on the doors at Glasgow Central Station.”

Paul Jnr and Hayley came on board when Temla was founded to improve Almet’s lead times for jobs involving laser cutting.

Temla, now based on the NEP Business Park in Sunderland, has invested in a state of the art £400,000 Swiss-made laser and is targeting the oil and gas and signage industries.

“We have two staff and an apprentice and are hoping to take on two more people immediately and a third when we move on to split shifts at the end of this year.

“We plan to invest in a second laser and we also want to go into fabrication. We are a young company but we are keen to grow.”

Both companies have been supported by Sunderland City Council.

Deputy leader Coun Harry Trueman said: “Ambitious businesses like these and others in manufacturing, engineering and technology are precisely the types of enterprises we want to encourage to grow in Sunderland.”