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Forgemasters played host at annual open day

18 March 2011

Steel giant Sheffield Forgemasters offered a unique insight into its operations by opening its doors with the annual friends and family open day.

Steel giant Sheffield Forgemasters offered a unique insight into its operations by opening its doors with the annual friends and family open day.

The day provided all staff the opportunity to invite their loved ones for a tour of the Brightside Lane site and to find out more about what they do.

The guided tours led by employees took the visitors around several areas of the site including the foundry, forge, machine shops, rolls and melt shop.

Visiting the site for the first time Dr Walid Albermani, 63, from Birmingham whose son Dr Sinan, works in Research and Development as a development engineer, said: “The entire day was a fantastic experience, to not only see different areas of the site but also to understand more about the company and the sector my son works for. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself.

John Camm, 46, from Barnsley, was invited by apprentice Scott Coggin from the South Machine Shop, said: “Coming from a similar background in steel, I understand this environment quite well, but was quite taken a back to see ingots weighing up to 100 tonnes, and huge furnaces is just extraordinary.

“The tour guide was exceptional and very informative about the different areas we visited which added to the whole experience. I’ve had a great day and would love to come back again and see more!”

As part of Sheffield’s Global Manufacturing Festival, an alternative open day was held for several schools with tours from the apprentices for 200 city children, giving them an insight into the wide variety of skills required and careers available within today’s manufacturing industry.

A VIP tour also took place attracting delegates from the festival.