A COMPANY making kitchens has secured its first-ever export contract – after more than 30 years in business.
Now Abbeymill, based at Turnbridge in Huddersfield, is hoping to land further work from North America after completing a deal to supply 45 kitchens to a client in Canada.
Mike McGee, managing director at Abbeymill, said the contract had come from Ian Bradburn, a client of 15 years standing, who had emigrated to Canada two years ago.
Said Mr McGee: "Ian was a UK client of Abbeymill and regularly collected kitchens in his van for sales in the Huddersfield area.
"On this occasion, he is using two sea containers!
Ian now works for Parastone Developments in the breathtaking ski resort of Fernie.
In conjunction with Cabinets Plus, a Fernie-based cabinet company, Parastone won the contract to develop the prestigious Veneto project in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
Said Mr McGee: "With his knowledge of the UK kitchen market, Ian was able to advise his current employers of the new and unique products that could be made available to Western Canada.
"Ian wasn’t happy with the quality and standard of kitchens available there.
"He decided he wanted an Abbeymill one. We sent a single kitchen over and it was approved.
"With Ian’s support, we were able to demonstrate that our quality products could be competitively exported into Canada and we are optimistic that by working closely with Parastone and Cabinets Plus even greater success will be achievable.
"Now we are keeping fingers crossed that Parastone will want to use us for further leisure developments in Canada."
Abbeymill, which has premises at Lincoln Street, off St Andrew’s Road, employs 12 people.
Fernie is a world-class ski resort boasting more than 100 alpine runs and attractions including snowboarding, cross country, mountain biking, fly fishing and hiking.