Tong Engineering Starts Building New Facility in Lincolnshire
Tong Engineering – a company specializing in the manufacturing of vegetable grading and handling equipment – is looking forward to a new era as it starts work on a brand-new production facility in Lincolnshire.
The new factory is being built as a two-phase project on a seven-acre site in the company’s hometown of Spilsby, with the GBP3.6m first phase building expected for completion by spring 2020. The fourth-generation family business currently operates across two sites in Spilsby and Wainfleet in Lincolnshire. On completion of phase one, production will take place in Spilsby, enabling Tong Engineering to progress with its ambitious growth targets whilst creating 26 new jobs.
Edward Tong, managing director at Tong Engineering, said the new investment is great news for the company’s valued workforce, as well as for Tong customers worldwide.
“Having developed our current site in Spilsby from its early beginnings in the 1930s, we have had to be very resourceful in how we utilize and maximize our manufacturing space. Our new purpose-built manufacturing facility will provide over 20% more capacity. This will not only allow us to better meet the demand for our industry-leading equipment but with the size and scale of many projects increasing all the time, the additional space and height will prove invaluable. The assembly and testing phase of the production process will see particularly noticeable efficiencies as we will be able to assemble several large-scale projects at any one time with ease,” Tong explained.
The facility’s future-proof design will bring a number of overhead cranes into the new facility, increasing our lifting capabilities, whilst the company’s ongoing commitment to reducing their impact on the environment is reflected in several environmentally friendly features including energy-efficient lighting and heating.
“From manufacturing individual machines like our industry-leading Caretaker mobile grader, to complete turnkey vegetable washing and processing lines, we are driving forward innovative and efficient vegetable handling practices within our UK and export markets,” said Tong.
Part of the funding for the project comes from the GBP500,000 grant from the Greater Lincolnshire Growth Fund and East Lindsey District Council.
Pictured above: Charles Tong (left), with Edward Tong (right), MD of Tong Engineering.