Filling the vacuum in construction

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An engineering company which develops suction equipment that can be used to excavate construction sites is planning for further expansion after bringing all its operations under one roof in Doncaster.

John Mee Construction used to operate from a number of small properties until it acquired a factory in West Moor Park, in Armthorpe, with the help of a six-figure funding deal from the Royal Bank of Scotland.

The company, established 20 years ago by chief executive John Mee, started out in civil engineering, but now specialises in designing, manufacturing and supplying vacuum excavation equipment.

The shift in emphasis proved highly successful for the business, which now exports to Australia and Israel, and bringing all the company’s operations under one roof has created a further boost for the business.

So much so, that the company is now seeking to expand its premises and hopes to start work on new offices later this year.

Founder John Mee says the company realised at the start of the recession that it had to focus its efforts on a niche area of the construction industry if it was to achieve long-term survival and growth.

The company says bringing its operations under one roof has been of huge benefit, particularly in terms of creating the right impression for the increasing number of overseas visitors coming to see its products.

RBS senior relationship manager Mark Marriott says John Mee Construction had identified a real gap in the market. “We wish them all the best in their new facilities and cannot wait to see how this assists them in plans for overseas expansion,” he added.