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As a manufacturer of metal railings, gates and pedestrian guardrail celebrating our 30th anniversary, we continue our series of interviews featuring employees who are also celebrating 30 years of service with Alpha Rail.

This week, we get the views of a machine operator.

Rob Betteridge – Machine Operator

Rob has been involved in metalwork manufacturing since he left school. He was all set to follow the family tradition of a career down the local coalmine, and if it wasn’t for his Mother encouraging him to explore other alternatives, life could have taken on a very different path.

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Having settled on a career in metalwork fabrication, over the years Rob has turned his hand to all types of machine operation. He has cropped steel and punched holes, been in the paint shop and can pretty much do most things.

Now a profiler, he is a dab hand using oxy acetylene cutting equipment to create bespoke metalwork designs such as the ornate letter templates and petal work used on the arched gates on the Shirley Park project.

According to Rob, one of the things that make Alpha Rail a good local employer is that everyone genuinely cares about each other. There is a great camaraderie and everyone gets on, which means it becomes second nature for everyone to work towards the common goal of producing metalwork that everyone can be proud of when it’s finally installed.

Outside of work Rob is a tinkerer. He enjoys all DIY and likes mending old cars, though as he has gotten older, he has declared that he definitely prefers the warmth of a workshop!