Sale of Deeside engineering firm completed, saving all 22 jobs

Mike Dillon

All 22 jobs have been saved at a Deeside engineering firm following its sale, joint administrators announced today (July 28).

Mike Dillon and Hilary Pascoe, joint administrators from business rescue specialists Leonard Curtis, worked with directors at Sandycroft-based Fabricom Janus Neill to complete the sale of the business and assets to Gem Engineering & Maintenance Services, a company with common directors.

Fabricom is a high-value engineering, management and construction business with expertise across all industry sectors, including oil, gas, power, chemicals and renewables.

The deal was completed immediately following the appointment of the joint administrators on July 5.

They said it represents a hugely positive outcome for all parties, maximising realisations from assets as well as mitigating creditor liabilities.

Derek Quayle, managing director of the new entity, which now trades as FJNGEM, said he was pleased to announce the merger after a turbulent trading period.

He said: “This transition allows the continued growth of both business activities as separate divisions, under one single brand.

“As well as an additional 25,000 sq ft workshop, the cost benefits, process working efficiencies, cross-working, skills and training integration will add value to both divisions, and also benefit the existing clients of both companies.”

Mike Dillon, from Leonard Curtis, said the firm had traded profitably immediately prior to the pandemic, following which the company had to enter into statutory working restrictions which turned the successful operation into a loss-making one.

He said: “While directors managed to restore profitability once restrictions were lifted, it was not enough to maintain its commitments to historic liabilities incurred.

“Being able to use the connected company, Gem Engineering, which was acquired in 2021, as a route for recovery, and to maintain and develop its trading offer into a stronger combined sell, is a satisfying result for all concerned.”

Gem Engineering specialises in the manufacture, installation and repair of steel and stainless steel fabrications.

Derek Quayle added: “I am delighted to say that the same people will continue in existing roles, no positions are being made redundant, and all client ‘points of contact’ will remain the same.”

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