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On a platform for success; COMMERCIAL FEATURE.

PORT Clarence railway station had somewhat of a renovation in the beginning of the 1950s.

Mr Stanley Moorhouse Thompson established S M Thompson steel stockholders in the railway building itself. The offices were situated in the ticket office, the steel on the platform and the profiler in the waiting room.

S M Thompson supplied to many local businesses and even exported steel through Middlesbrough docks to places as far afield as New Zealand, India, Hong Kong and Singapore. Due to the greater demand for steel, S M Thompson moved to a much larger site at Marathon Works by Newport Bridge. Stanley had named the works after his long term interest in athletics as he was an official for the Cleveland Harriers and President of the Northern counties cross country association in 1963/64.

The move to Marathon works in the late 1950s saw the introduction of the guillotine which had the capacity to cut steel to size, which in turn allowed S M Thompson to be more specialised.

Stanley's eldest son Howard joined the business in the early 1960s and like his father realised the importance of been able to offer flexible customer service and quick deliveries. With a constantly changing industry Howard sought to acquire the most advanced machines that Europe could offer.

In the 1980s S M Thompson brought the first CNC profiler to the North-east. With its "magic eye" it can cut steel to any size in lengths of steel plates up to 10 metres and cut up to six profiles at a time.

To date the company has two plasma profiling machines, three flame-cutting profilers, five plate rolling machines and just this year has introduced a Trumpf laser machine.

The laser machine uses nitrogen to ensure that a smooth and accurate finish is accomplished on all plates and profiles. Despite massive changes in technology the family tradition remains and is reflected in the way the firm approaches customers. As for the future the firm is looking forward to an ambitious expansion drive increasing the stock and machinery. SMT has always been, and continues to be, involved in local projects such as the Tees Barrage, the regeneration of Middlehaven, the Unity Sphere and the Ladle in South Bank.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Dec 7, 2010
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