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Rawdon air conditioning firm expects profit despite HQ blaze
A blaze-hit company is vowing to bounce back even stronger than ever to assume its position as a world leader.
Airedale Air Conditioning faced a major challenge when its Rawdon headquarters was hit by a massive fire a month ago.
At its height 100 firefighters fought the blaze and thick black smoke could be seen for miles around.
In a briefing to staff this month management said the company was making a stronger return to operations than ever.
Within days of the devastation staff were picking up orders at a show in London and loyal customers of the long-established firm were offering to wait for their goods.
The company’s managing director, Clive Parkman, said it was still expected to make an annual profit.
In a statement this month, the company said the countdown had begun to the move to the new Airedale site, off Gelderd Lane, to allow shift operations and production on a phased basis over the coming weeks.
And it said progress remained fast-paced on the Rawdon site, where a new state-of-the-art facility is to be built.
The company said: “Thanks to the hard work of the commercial team, relationships with key customers are being managed, with the majority of customers prepared to wait for their orders and Airedale International in South Africa picking up orders for 20-plus systems destined for Africa, South America and the Far East.
“October will see us exhibiting at Datacenter Dynamics in Moscow, a major talking point at which will be the opening of Airedale International in Russia.
“!Our strengthened presence in Russia provides us with the local network we need to support existing customers and develop new business opportunities in the region.
“Another six months on and we will formally open our third international office in Dubai, allowing us to service our customers in the Middle East and Australasia.
“With the rapid progress that is being made, the return to full production is drawing near and all the signs are that 2014, our 40th anniversary, will be another very successful year for Airedale.
“As we have alluded, we firmly believe that this chapter in our history has provided us with the perfect opportunity to build a better and stronger business to meet the shifting demands of our customers.”