A SOUTH Derbyshire-based engineering firm has raised more than £1,200 for charity during celebrations to mark its 60th anniversary.
The Greenbank Group, based in Hartshorne Road, Woodville, was founded in 1954 and has since grown into a global leader in the creation of products and services for industries such as power generation, mining and manufacturing.
As part of its anniversary celebrations, former colleagues and directors, customers, families of staff and business leaders were given a behind-the-scenes look at the company’s manufacturing facilities in Woodville before attending a special evening dinner at the home of Burton Albion Football Club – the Pirelli Stadium.
Charles Conroy, Greenbank managing director, spoke to the Mail about reaching the historic milestone.
He said: “It was fantastic to have so many people join us for this special celebration to mark Greenbank’s rich history.
“The event also gave us the opportunity to raise money for our adopted charity, Me and Dee.
“Run by Maria Hanson, the charity does a wonderful job providing special treats and holidays for people with disabilities and terminal illnesses, and I would like to thank everyone for their kind donations during our birthday celebrations.”
Heather Wheeler, MP for South Derbyshire, and George Cowcher, chief executive of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce, were both on hand at the celebrations.
During the open day visitors had the chance to look at many of the products designed and manufactured by the firm, including its feeder equipment, wear protection and fuel-weighing systems.
The company’s research and development division – which is currently working on a volcanic ash detection system for the aviation industry – was also represented at the event.
Another attraction was the Renault Clio racing car driven by Greenbank-sponsored driver Sam Randon.
Mr Conroy added: “It really was a special day that enabled us to share our success with everyone associated with the company.”