Steel for Life: Jamestown

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Steel for Life: Headline Sponsor The company supplied the roof beams for Leicester Tigers’ new stand From niche profiling to specialist fabricator 10 NSC July/Aug 16 Since its beginnings more than 20 years ago, Jamestown has developed from a niche profiling company to an independent specialist fabricator. Having successfully weathered several economic cycles, Jamestown is now one of a select number of independent specialists offering design, fabrication and fully-automated welding of plain and cellular plate girders. In addition, Jamestown delivers the manufacture of heavy components across many sectors including highways, rail, construction, marine, port and crane, and machine building. “Collaboration, partnership and supply chain integration are fundamental to Jamestown’s mission statement,” says Jamestown Director Fiacre Creegan. “We hold our customers’ requirements in very high regard and work closely with them to understand their needs and translate them into the finished product.” Jamestown joined BCSA several years ago, and committed in 2016 to becoming a Headline Sponsor of Steel for Life, demonstrating a keen interest in the promotion and development of the steel industry generally. “The sector operates in a very dynamic way with standards, quality levels and accreditations being critical to progress and success,” says Mr Creggan. Jamestown recognised this early on and were early adopters of CE marking, achieving Execution Class 4, NHSS 20, and BS EN 3834 compliance. “This, combined with our strong approach to customer and client liaison, has helped Jamestown achieve a high level of involvement in both the Irish and UK markets,” he adds. Investment and Growth Investment in people and processes, as well as consistent research and development, have been hallmarks of Jamestown’s success over the past 10 years. Investment has included installing the latest automated welding technology on all three of their automated plate girder lines, which demonstrates a clear commitment to growing the business. This, combined with a move in late 2015 to a large scale 200,000 sq feet production facility with 24, 15 and 20t overhead cranes on a 17 acre site, allows Jamestown to offer a wide-ranging service. “We can now trial erect or trial assemble bridge structures of up to 200t and 150m in length in our new facility” says Mr Creegan. “It has been our specialist knowledge in welding, welding processes, weld testing and weld design that has helped us to get where we are today,” says Niall Fortune, Jamestown’s Responsible Welding Coordinator and Beam Production Manager. “We can now produce beams on single or double-shift across one, two or three machines. This gives clients the absolute confidence that Jamestown can comfortably meet the most demanding of project programmes, and can manufacture a quality assured product every time.” Sectors Jamestown has succeeded in growing into many sectors including rail where it has produced individual components up to 100 tonnes in finished single pieces. “The Foxhall Lane Bridge was a particularly interesting project”, said Mr Fortune. “It involved 40m-long, 2m-deep Western Region-type trapezoidal box girders made from weathering steel. Traditionally these box girders had to be painted internally, which is a high risk procedure. Weathering steel was chosen to eliminate this risk by During the last 20 years Jamestown has developed into one of the UK and Ireland’s leading steel specialists.


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