GILKES CELEBRATE EMPLOYEES LONG SERVICE
29th September 2016
Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd (Gilkes) celebrated the long service of 2 employees last week. Both Jeff Hunter and David Priestly have completed 50 years service with the Kendal based manufacturing company.
Jeff Hunter Joined Gilkes as an apprentice, his job on the first day was to file impeller blades. During his 50 years Jeff worked in many different areas of the business, most notably: The Pump Shop, Quality and Manual Machining. Jeff took retirement this month and will be sorely missed for his ability to machine one off jobs to an extremely high standard. He is now going to enjoy is retirement farming sheep.
David Priestley also joined as an apprentice on same day as Jeff in 1966, working in Estimating before moving into Pump Sales, followed by Hydropower Turbine Sales. In 1985 David was offered the chance to move to Houston to sell Hydro in the USA and moved his young family over to the States to continue his career with Gilkes. After 10 years focused on Pump repair & refurbishment, David rose up the ladder to his current position of VP of Gilkes Inc.
Gilkes Chairman, Charles Crewdson presented the pair with a newspaper from 1966, the year they both joined the company, saying; "I am thrilled that staff have been so loyal as to spend their entire working lives with Gilkes. 100 years of knowledge will be lost shortly, but we have many staff who have done over 40 years service maintaining that crucial continuity".
Gilkes have remained on the Canal Head Site in Kendal for over 160 years employing around 200 people at the newly refurbished Head Office. Developing the business on the same site enables Gilkes to continue employing locally, while the South Lakeland setting attracts a talented and skilled workforce.
Gilkes is a world leader in producing small hydro power systems for the generation of electricity from water - for over 160 years, the company has supplied more than 6,700 hydro turbines to over 80 countries. Gilkes also manufacture a range of sophisticated pumps for the cooling of diesel engines and supply many of the world's major diesel engine manufacturers.
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