Duke of Kent set to visit Rotherham businesses

The Duke of Kent will visit two businesses in Rotherham tomorrow. Image courtesy of David Merrett via flickr.

The Duke of Kent will visit two Rotherham businesses tomorrow, as part of his day-long tour to South Yorkshire.

It has been announced that His Royal Highness will visit waste treatment plant Sterecycle, located in Templeborough, and metals firm MTL Group in Brinsworth on Wednesday July 6.

This is in addition to tomorrow’s visits to the Realistic Fire Training Building, of the South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, in Sheffield and Kirk Balk School in Barnsley.

Visiting local businesses

He will visit MTL Group’s new 300,000 square feet facility, which has cost over £5 million and will increase their presence in the project manufacturing sector.

The company – which has recently been awarded a multi-million pound contract to supply Boat Landing Systems for a German offshore wind farm in the North Sea – currently operates in the defence, construction and renewable energy markets.

The Duke of Kent will also visit Sterecycle – which is a waste management business that processes waste from the local authorities of Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster.

Their plant processes 100,000 tonnes of waste every year and is the world’s first commercial autoclave plant that treats residual household waste.

They currently employ 55 full-time members of staff and hope to double the plant’s capacity to 240,000 tonnes per year, which is expected to create up to ten new jobs.

“A real boost”

Sterecycle CEO Tom Shields will introduce the company to The Duke of Kent, which will be followed by a tour of the plant that will allow His Royal Highness to see how the plant operates to treat the waste and recover recyclable material.

Katryn Fremlin, the Account Manager for Sterecycle’s PR agency, said: “Sterecycle is delighted to be hosting the Duke of Kent. It’s a real boost to staff morale and has generated a lot of good feeling on [the] site.

“Having the Duke of Kent visit the plant is a very positive thing for Sterecycle. Opportunities like this allow more people to hear about us and find out about what we do.

“We don’t see waste as waste, but as a source of valuable materials that can be reused and recycled.

“How to deal with it, in an environmentally friendly and efficient manner, is a growing problem in the UK and we want to be able to offer our solution to more local authorities and communities.”

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This news story was self-published in July 2011.

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