We have bolstered our senior team with the appointment of a new operations manager.
Lee Fleetham has joined the company to oversee its operations, develop and review strategies, and manage process improvement.
His role also includes overseeing lean production techniques, managing continuous improvement programmes and to develop high-performance teams.
Lee, from the Hartlepool area has a breadth of industry expertise, having worked in the manufacturing industry for most of his career. He worked at Industrial Building Components (IBC), a leading door manufacturer and supplier and formerly part of The Expamet International Group, for ten years from 1988 through to 1998, as a team leader and supervisor.
Lee then spent 19 years at Expamet Building Products, a manufacturer and supplier of metal building products, initially as production manager before working his way up to a general manager s post where he had overall responsibility for production processes along with production planning, health & safety management, transport, business strategy and manufacturing development.
Lee has a Professional Diploma in Management Studies and a Professional Certificate in Management along with other previous qualifications, NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) and IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) to name but a few.
Commenting on his appointment, Lee Fleetham said:
"The Expanded Metal Company is a pioneer in the metal mesh industry, with a long-established track record in product innovation and manufacturing, and I am therefore delighted to be joining the team.
Having worked in the building and construction products sector for almost three decades, I am extremely passionate about the industry and I take great pride in being able to contribute to The Expanded Metal Company s success and continued development.
It's especially pleasing to be part of a company which has been part of the North East and Hartlepool's industrial heritage since the 19th century."
Philip Astley, managing director of The Expanded Metal Company, added:
"I am thrilled to welcome Lee to the business. His depth of industry experience, combined with an innate understanding of manufacturing processes, will prove extremely valuable to our business. We are constantly striving to improve our processes and procedures, and Lee will play a key role in championing that ethos and driving it forward.
Lee has a fantastic reputation and it s great to have him on board as part of our senior team."