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Sales Director Phil Ball becomes the 22nd person to celebrate their 20th anniversary working at metal railings and gates manufacturer Alpha Rail.

Phil joined the company in September 1994 as a Sales Administrator and became Sales Director in December 2001 following a management buy-out. Golf enthusiast Phil is responsible for managing client relationships and providing quotations for the numerous sales enquiries the company receives from public sector organizations, landscape architects, building and civil engineers, fencing and landscaping contractors.

In total, Alpha Rail employs 45 staff at its factory on Urban Road in Kirkby in Ashfield. Each employee who reaches their 20th milestone is presented with a designer wrist watch and the fact that over 49% of the workforce has clocked up over 574 years of service is testament to how well the company looks after their employees and is supportive of their welfare in and out of work.

Commenting, Phil said, “We have a great team and everyone gets on well and supports each other to ensure we provide the best service for our customers. We all have a great sense of pride in the job and strive to deliver quality and fulfill promises to each other.”

Established in 1985, the company will itself celebrate 30 years of business next year, and the loyalty and commitment of staff has certainly contributed to an impressive track record of projects.

Over the years Alpha Rail has provided metal railings and gates for several Royal Parks including Hyde Park and the £3.2m Jubilee Gardens project in London which was opened to commemorate the Queens Diamond Jubilee. They have restored the infamous the Jack Hobbs Gates at the Kia Oval as well as developing expertise in specialist sectors such as school railings and the manufacture of bespoke metal work from hand drawings and sketches. Locally they have supplied the metal railings for the £5.2m restoration of the Forest Recreation Site.