A booming Midlands company has secured a £6 million contract with glass and construction materials giant Saint-Gobain – and won this month's Birmingham Post Business Awards.
Black Country truck and van body manufacturer Bevan Group has secured a three-year deal to supply bodywork for 700 trucks for the French owner of Jewson.
Managing director of Bevan's bodywork maintenance division, Chris Hare, said Bevan was honoured to have been recognised for its success.
"We are proud of our West Midlands roots and that we are part of manufacturing in the region," he said. "I am pleased to receive this award on behalf of Bevan. It is nice that success in manufacturing, rather than in services, has been recognised. We are putting back into the economy when everyone else is chipping away at it."
The company has invested £2 million in a new complex that will increase production from ten to 40 vehicles a month. The site, a former carpet distribution centre in Amber Way, Halesowen, will offer four production lines and will also see the firm increase its workforce from 150 to 190 in the coming months.
The move is part of Bevan Group's plan to increase annual sales from £13 million to £20 million, while its main base in Oldbury will be retained.
The success of the move has meant the new factory, which should be completed early in the new year, has already secured orders until the second quarter of 2007.
The company has also recently signed a £500,000 contract to maintain the 750 vehicles operated by Willenhall-based parcel carrier Nightfreight.
The deal follows Bevan supplying Nightfreight with its truck bodies for the last two years. The company also provides a on-site maintenance engineer for Eddie Stobart's fleet.
Mr Hare said: "We have had a number of recent successes, with other contracts in the pipeline."
Bevan is also in the process of a major re-branding exercise which includes the development of a new interactive website that will let customers place orders on online. The group has six specific units which will now all come under the Bevan Group title.
In making the award, David Smith, of Churchill Vinters, said the company was a fantastic example of a West Midland success story.
Sponsors of the awards are Churchill Vintners, Intercity Mobile Communications, with support provided by Biz TV, British Airways, Aston Business School, and Champagne Taittinger.
The overall winners of the awards – which will be judged from the 12 monthly winners – will receive a private two-day visit to Champagne Taittinger's headquarters at Epernay in France, with flights from British Airways.
They also receive two air tickets from BA to anywhere in Europe from Birmingham as well as a mobile phone technology system from Intercity Mobile Communications, and a magnum of Champagne. Warwickshire County Cricket Club will also provide a private box for a day/night match.