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Steelite International, worldwide manufacturer and distributor of tabletop ranges for the international hospitality industry, are in the process of constructing a new state of the art production facility at their Head Office in Stoke On Trent.

The building is being built adjacent to Steelite’s existing site and will create more than 170 jobs at the Midlands based branch.

Extension works were undertaken in 2013 in a bid to expand Steelite’s Head Office and saw the site’s dish-making unit extended considerably. The completion of this unit saw the total employment numbers at the firm Steelite rise by 60, and this figure will further rise by 170 additional jobs following the completion of the production facility.

Kevin Oakes, Chief Executive at Steelite International said:

It’s been a truly incredible year for Steelite and I’d like to sat a huge thank you to everyone involved, The commitment and passion of the team ere and overseas has been a real driver for this growth. This is such an exciting time for the group and the plans we have for Steelite International are really innovative.”

Steelite International export to over 140 countries and have been acknowledged by the Queen for the company’s outstanding success in overseas markets. In July 2013 the company was awarded with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise; Steelite International Chief Executive Kevin Oakes and Finance Director Richard Poole were invited to Buckingham Palace where they received the award. Her Majesty congratulated the twosome for securing the award.

In the business year of 2012-2013 the firm achieved annual sales of £70 million, with 85% of those coming from export markets. Kevin Oakes, Chief Executive of Steelite International, said:

“We were absolutely thrilled to be invited to Buckingham Palace and to be congratulated personally by the Queen. It was an occasion we will both cherish, and one which makes the company’s 30th anniversary even more special.

“The award is testament to Steelite International’s amazing teams both here and abroad whose talent and commitment have put this company at the forefront of the international hospitality industry.”

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