Established North East firm Dyer Engineering is celebrating 40 years in business and has marked the occasion by brewing a special beer for its staff.

The Annfield Plain-based company was founded in 1977 by father and son John and Paul Dyer, and originally manufactured pipe fittings as well as supporting the local mining industry. 40 years later the company employs 150 people and has diversified to serve clients in a wide-range of industries, including rail, defence, automotive manufacture and oil & gas, providing specialist fabricated and machined, metal components.

Dyer Engineering, which is on target to turnover £12 million this year, was acquired by Graeme Parkins and Richard Bradley in 2013, after Paul Dyer made the decision to retire. Graeme and Richard continued the Dyer vision of a company that exists to provide good jobs for local people. Since its foundation Dyer Engineering has provided employment for hundreds of people and is proud of the number of staff with long service records – 6 people have been there for more than 20 years, and 27 more for more than 10.

As part of a workforce celebration of the firm’s 40th anniversary staff were presented with bottles of a specially brewed beer, named Morrison Busty, after the Morrison Busty Colliery, which occupied the site Dyer’s premises are on, between 1927 and 1973.

Dyer Engineering is a member of NOF Energy, the business development organisation for companies in the oil &gas, offshore renewables and power sectors and in recent years has established itself as a key player in the sector with significant investment in large scale fabrication, machining and painting facilities.

Dyer Managing Director Graeme Parkins said: “The story of Dyer Engineering is one of a business with family values at its heart and passionate about everything we do. It’s not about buildings or machines, but the team, the people who make it all happen. Without them, there would be no business and we would have no success.

“Reaching our 40-year anniversary is an amazing achievement and our aim is to reach many more into the future. I am proud of the way we all pull together to achieve our goals and succeed in challenging markets.”

“Richard and I have ambitious plans to grow the business, with an aim to achieve turnover of £20m by 2020 and the hard work the entire team puts in, stands us in great stead to achieve this.”

Paul Livingstone, Business Development Manager at NOF Energy, said: “I would like to congratulate Graeme, Paul and the whole Dyer team on this fantastic achievement. They have weathered the economic turbulence of recent times, as Dyer has over the last 40 years, to emerge stronger and larger than ever. Their story of diversification is a lesson to every company in the energy supply chain.”