New kit puts Stoke firm R&S Tonks at the cutting edge
BUILDING and joinery contractor R&S Tonks is celebrating its 65th year in business by investing in new equipment.
A total of £100,000 has been invested in a state-of-the art CNC router, a computerised tool for cutting timber shapes and products.
Managing director Robert Tonks said the precision tool will support the company's growth in 2013 as it looks to strengthen its position as a specialist in the refurbishment of pubs and restaurants.
He said: "Customers are demanding ever shorter turnaround times. Our new machine will help us to achieve this and improve factory productivity.
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"We will be able to offer 100 per cent product quality and repeatability. We are also hoping that the flexibility of the equipment will enable us to open up new markets.
"We have noticed an increasing interest recently in a return to the use of timber for products which had previously been formed from plastic or other man-made materials."
R&S Tonks, based in Boothen Green, Stoke, now employs 40 staff, including highly skilled carpenters and joiners.
It was established by Mr Tonks's father and uncle, Robert Tonks senior and Sydney Tonks, in 1948, and quickly became known for high-quality refurbishment in properties owned by the brewing industry and other firms in Stoke-on-Trent.
It has now grown to secure contracts with a number of the country's leading pub, hotel and restaurant chains, as well as smaller, independent businesses.
The recent investment in machinery complements an existing CNC router owned by the company, and was brought in from Rimini in Italy.
Richard Passmore, operations director, said: "We specialise in refurbishments for the hospitality and leisure sector and do a lot of work for the major pub groups.
"That is what we are good at, and I think the business has been able to grow and overcome economic pressures because of the quality of our work."