Econ Engineering appoints new Facilities Manager

Pictured are Gareth Bovington, left, and Econ Engineering’s maintenance manager, Fernando Sarmento de Alencar

One of Ripon’s biggest employers has appointed a highly qualified Facilities Manager as the family-run engineering businesses seeks to further expand its operations.

Gareth Bovington, who was facilities and environment manager at the Monks Cross shopping centre, on the outskirts of York, will supervise the day to day running of each of Econ Engineering’s sites in Yorkshire, Alloa and Cardiff.

The company, which is soon to open another depot at Sowerby, near Thirsk, is the country’s largest producer of gritters and road mending vehicles. It has a hire fleet of more than 800 vehicles and employs a 240-strong workforce.

Working alongside Econ Engineering’s maintenance manager, Fernando Sarmento de Alencar, Gareth’s role will encompass a raft of responsibilities, including procurement, budgeting, waste management, the Health and Safety of staff and visitors, staff training and ensuing the company is fully compliant with the latest legislation.

Econ Engineering sales director Andrew Lupton said: “Gareth brings with him a huge amount of experience in Facilities Management, and is well schooled in all the procedures and legislation required to run a safe and secure operation employing a large workforce.

“Based at our Ripon headquarters, Gareth will be responsible for the operational running of all our current sites, plus a number of new ones currently being developed.

“It is a senior position within the business, and we are confident in Gareth’s abilities to fulfil the duties of this demanding and challenging role.”

One of Gareth’s main achievements to date was helping oversee a multi-million-pound development of the Monks Cross site, assisting in construction, design and management (CDM), and the Health and Safety of all site operations including helping to oversee between 50-100 contractors at any one time.

Gareth said: “I’m looking forward to joining Econ Engineering during this exciting period of expansion.

“Over the last 15 years, I’ve gained a vast amount of experience in running large, multi-occupancy sites, managing a team of 12, and it is this knowledge I’ll be bringing with me to this well-established engineering company.”

Last October, the company unveiled a new engineering hub in Alloa, Scotland, to service its clients in the northerly part of Great Britain. It is in the process of opening a sister-hub in the Welsh capital of Cardiff.

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