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AV Dawson has amalgamated several parts of its Middlesbrough-based port and logistics operations to form one, integrated port facility as it drives forward with further growth and expansion.

The business has called this new facility Port of Middlesbrough in honour of a port that was on  the same stretch of the River Tees back in the 1830s, prior to the construction of Middlesbrough Dock.

Gary Dawson, managing director at AV Dawson said: “Over the years, we’ve acquired various sites as we’ve expanded our operations and its become a challenge to describe succinctly what AV Dawson Ltd is.

“We have thought long and hard about what drives the business forward and what defines us – we’ve concluded that our location and the River Tees are key to this, neither of which feature in the company name. So given the nature of all of the multimodal assets and activities that we own and operate, we are best positioned from a marketing perspective describing ourselves as a port.

“We wanted to consolidate under one new encompassing brand and image, but with a continuation of the AV Dawson name and legacy. ‘Port of Middlesbrough – an AV Dawson facility’ fits with our history and reflects the growth of our business and the town.

“Being a Teesside family business, founded over 80 years ago, the history of the area is really important to us so it seemed logical to reignite the Port of Middlesbrough name.

The new port marks the start of a three-year port masterplan to further develop the site, which will go on to create further jobs and investment in the local area.  This plan, an investment of over £10m includes the construction of a plastic waste recycling plant, a new head office and the enhancement of AV Dawson’s existing quayside to accommodate larger vessels. It’s anticipated that these developments will create over a hundred new jobs on the site.

Andy Preston, Mayor of Middlesbrough said:  “This development is a perfect fit for my wider ambitions for Middlesbrough, focusing on attracting new investment and jobs to boost the town’s economy.

“As an iconic local firm, AV Dawson is a great asset to our town – it is fantastic that it has brought back the Port of Middlesbrough and continues to invest for the future. This is hugely positive news for Middlesbrough”.

Mr Dawson concluded: “The launch of Port of Middlesbrough adds further strength to the River Tees and its offer to importing and exporting businesses. We plan to work closely with the statutory harbour authority, PD Ports, to ensure the Tees attracts more ships, as ultimately this will help drive jobs and the local economy.”

Clive Owen LLP corporate finance director David Wilson advised on the deal after introducing Steve Rusinek of S R Engineering to Avenium’s Greg Hynes after holding discussions with him over the future of the business when Mr Rusinek made the decision to look towards semi-retirement.

The deal has now been completed and Mr Rusinek will remain with the business as a consultant.

Avenium Engineering provides engineered solutions for the oil and gas, petrochemical, processing, and energy industries across the world. It specialises in the supply of process plant equipment and services including mechanical interlocks, rupture discs, and valve automation packages.

S R Engineering, which was founded in 1990, provides precision engineering services and products across a range of heavy industry sectors.

Mr Wilson said: “I was delighted to act for Steve on the successful sale of his business to Avenium Engineering. SR Engineering is a long established, successful, precision engineering business supplying to major blue-chip customers and this strategic acquisition provides a great opportunity for Avenium to further enhance its impressive growth by increasing its overall service offering. As a valued client of our firm, we look forward to working with Greg and the Avenium team in this exciting stage in their ongoing development. “

Mr Rusinek said: “As soon as I met Greg, I knew that our business ethos and philosophy were a perfect fit. We both place a great deal of importance on the local supply chain and local employees, and in ensuring our customers receive the best possible service and products.

“Greg has some fantastic ideas for expanding both businesses and I am looking forward to working with him.

“I’d like to thank David Wilson for the initial introduction, for understanding my business and what I was hoping to do and for his excellent advice and work in helping make everything run smoothly.”

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