Fort Vale enterprise gains royal recognition

Engineering firm Fort Vale’s commitment to enterprise and training has been granted further royal approval by a visit from HRH the Duke of Kent.

Fort Vale DUke of KentThe Duke toured the company’s headquarters at Simonstone to officially open a new £1.5m research and development centre.

His visit followed Fort Vale’s receipt of a fourth Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade earlier this year.

Managing director Ian Wilson said: “We were honoured to welcome the Duke of Kent to continue what has been another exciting and excellent year for us all here at Fort Vale.

“The opening of the research and development centre underlines our commitment to investment in training and innovation, which, along with the people here, are cornerstones of our success.

“We pride ourselves on developing first-class engineers, who make a high quality product which has made us key exporters to new and existing markets and helped us become world leaders in our field.” Fort Vale Engineering, which employs over 350 people at its Simonstone site and has boosted annual turnover to close to £45m, is the leading manufacturer of precision valves and equipment used for bulk transportation of liquids, gases, and hazardous cargoes.