TRIPLE CELEBRATION FOR BAILEY VETERANS
Gary Turner, Tim Costen and Chris Locke are celebrating 20 years of working for Bailey, and have seen tremendous change since they all joined in 1997.
Subcontract Manager Gary joined the business on recommendation of his step father who was working at Bailey at the time. Completing an engineering apprenticeship, Gary got a job with Bailey as a press setter/operator, quickly progressing to sheet metal worker – folding and cutting metal sheets to create corners and complex shapes for cladding and façade systems.
Then, nine years ago, manufacturing techniques changed massively. Gary explained:
“We went from handcrafting all of our metal sheets to using an automated machine. It was a complete revelation at the time – the speed and accuracy was incredible. Rather than find myself surplus to requirements, Bailey offered me the chance to retrain and learn how to do the modelling and programme that machine. It was a fantastic opportunity and I really enjoyed learning the CAD software.”
Commenting on the reasons he loves being part of the Bailey team, Gary said: “We work to give the market what it wants and when no one else can do it, we will always try and find a solution. The company is always progressing, so its people are always progressing, making us a great team.”
Chris Locke, Project Technical Support, also started out his journey at Bailey as a sheet metal worker. He explained why he enjoys his work:
“Each job has a bespoke requirement, so there’s never a dull day. I’ve been able to grow my skills and develop my role at Bailey, alongside the developments that have been happening in manufacturing during the time I’ve been here. With my experience I now have the job of checking the drawings we produce match the specification and can be produced in reality. It’s interesting, varied work and the people are great – what more could you ask for!”
Quality control supervisor, Tim Costen, also agrees that it’s the daily challenges of bespoke manufacturing that have kept him motivated ever since he applied to be a powder coat sprayer 20 years ago.
“There were only five people at Bailey when I joined – things were so different back then! The company was beginning to diversify from roofing products to offer more building envelope solutions and had decided to start doing polyester powder coating on site. Now we are delivering something new every day, and I make sure it’s of the highest quality for our clients.
“It’s amazing how far we’ve come and I’m proud to be a part of it all. It can be a challenging job when the timescales are tight, but we all pull together when we’re busy and work as a team. The atmosphere is cheerful and the people are nice, so I’ve stuck around!”
It is a proud moment for Bailey CEO, Daniel Gilmore, who along with his brother Lloyd now heads up the company his father started over 40 years ago.
“I’d like to thank Gary, Chris and Tim for their hard work, expertise and commitment that they’ve shown over the past 20 years at the company. They are all testament to the fantastic ethos we have here at Bailey, based on trust, integrity and loyalty, and how we work together and support each other as a unit.”
Keep an eye on the careers page where we post any opportunities to join the 50 strong team based in our Horsham head office and manufacturing facilities.