Graham crowned Top Gun

edgetechFor 25 years Edgetech has been ‘promoting high quality, easy to manufacture, glass units’, so the company staged its ‘Top Gun’ competition final, to find the UK’s fastest Super Spacer applicator, to coincide with its 25th anniversary on 1 December.

Heats around the country had produced a talented shortlist that included five people who’d beaten the time of Edgetech’s longest serving technical sales engineer, Karl Jones. Karl set the bar at the FIT Show earlier in the year and everyone who beat his time was awarded with an ‘I beat the pro’ plaque.

With £500 as the winning prize for the fastest, there was a lot to play for. Finalists were timed making a rectangular double glazed, a square triple glazed, and finally a triangular unit. Again the benchmark was set by Karl, who recorded a time of 2:09 (2 minutes, 9 seconds).

In third place was Richard Hudson, from Safeguard Glazing Supplies, who was quick to point out that he’s no longer on the factory floor. However, two years of ‘driving a desk’ didn’t stop him from putting in a very reasonable time of exactly two minutes.

Praised by Edgetech’s MD, Andy Jones, for his consistent high quality, Richard was pleased with his time but said: “I’m normally much quicker, but it’s a different table, different gun and a different pedal.”

Second place in the competition was Glassteq Sealed Units’ Krystoff Bartowski, who, despite having to stoop to create the three units due to his 6’6″ stature, managed an incredible 1:37. Andy, again scrutinising the units, declared them as excellent quality.

The winning contender was Graham Southgate from Double R Glass and Roofing who bagged the £500 prize (to be spent on a new wedding ring for his wife, Katy) with a winning time of 1:31.

Ian Sims, MD of Double R Glass and Roofing, was thrilled for Graham and his colleague, Arron, who, in fourth place, also beat the pro. “I have two of the very best guys in the UK at Double R. It’s been a fun morning, and I’m delighted for them both, especially Graham.

,”Edgetech put on a great day, and we even squeezed in a factory tour so Graham and Arron could see Super Spacer being made.”

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