Tanker manufacturer RTN has opened a second Barnsley factory which puts the South Yorkshire town at the heart of the UK tanker industry.
RTN (Road Tankers Northern) manufacturers a range of tankers to the bulk liquid haulage industry and counts Shell, DHL, Tesco and Morrisons among its customers.
The company, founded in 1991, is growing steadily and has expanded its headquarters at Platts Common Industrial Estate at Hoyland and built a new specialist manufacturing facility at nearby Birdwell.
RTN is supported by Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC) through the Enterprising Barnsley programme with funding assistance from Barnsley Council.
BBIC’s business team is supporting RTN with lean manufacturing advice and the recent expansion means RTN can now offer tankers to the chemical, pharmaceutical, dairy and brewery industries as well as building specialist bespoke equipment.
In addition, RTN has received support from Barnsley Development Agency to access Regional Growth Fund funding. The RGF funding has enabled the company to execute its growth strategy and underpin its recent success.
RTN is recording year on year growth and is set to turnover £11.2m in 2013. The company has increased its highly skilled workforce from 88 to 126 in two years and plans to recruit a further 15-20 staff this summer.
It is owned by the NWT Group which was founded by South Yorkshire-based businessmen Paul Wright and Frank Newell.
Don Mckelvie, Operations Director, said the growth meant RTN now had a share of around 80-90 per cent of the UK petroleum semi-trailers market.
“Foreign competition has dramatically reduced due to our expanding production which is very positive news for UK manufacturing.
“We’re now supplying most of the fuel distribution companies and we supply all four major supermarkets.”
The RTN group has factories in Birmingham, Sheffield and Northern Ireland but its operational hub is Barnsley.
It has recently recruited a number of apprentices who are now learning specialist trades on both the tanker manufacture side of the business and in RTN’s five bay-service and repair centre.
“The apprentices have a terrific work ethic and we plan to recruit some more.
“The growth of RTN has been exceptional in the past two years and we owe a debt of gratitude to Enterprising Barnsley and BBIC who have been pillars of support, particularly with regards to lean manufacturing and expansion.”