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Former Apprentices at the Helm of Hiatco


Oct 4, 2016

TWINS who joined a global engineering company as apprentices 15 years ago are the new men at the helm of the business.

Stuart and James Parkin joined family firm Hiatco, based in Stanley, in 2001 after finishing their college courses.

Stuart and James were both taken on as apprentice engineers and quickly climbed the career ladder, before being offered director roles with the company.

The 32-year- olds will be jointly responsible for the day to day running of the business, which is headed up by managing director Paul Sun, who’s father purchased the business in early 2003 after being brought in to nurture and re-build it during difficult times.

Stuart, who is married with three children and lives in Consett, said: “I never thought when I joined the business that one day I’d end up running it. My dad was a welder so that’s what I wanted to be. Once I started at Hiatco I loved it so I made sure I took all of the opportunities that came my way.

“It just shows that apprenticeships can lead to great things and I am now looking forward to the challenge of running the business and repaying the faith Paul has shown in me and my brother.”

James, who recently became a dad for the first time and also lives in Consett, echoed his brother’s comments. He said: “We’re only a few weeks into our new director roles and I am loving it. Yes the pressure is far greater because it’s us at the top of the tree, but because we’ve been here so long and worked in all areas of the business, we know how eveything works and the challenges and priorities for Hiatco.”

Hiatco’s expertise spans several sectors internationally including power transmission and utilities; marine, oil and gas; aerospace and defence; nuclear; renewable energy; and sub-sea.

It also specialises in the fabrication and welding of aluminium, and provides a comprehensive fabrication facility capable of undertaking all aspects of high quality general fabrication, including carbon and stainless steel.

Managing Director Paul Sun said: “This is an important time for us as we look to take the business to the next level and over the coming months we are making a number of changes and appointments to enable us to achieve this.

“The twins have done a fantastic job since they started with Hiatco in 2001, so for me there are no better people to step up and manage the company on my behalf. I know they’ll do a fantastic job and help the business break into new markets, which we know we’re ready for.”

Hiatco is based at Annfield Plain in Stanley and employs 16 people.

By Emily