Hi-line appoints managing director

Steve Smith, managing director for Hi-line Industries

Hi-line Industries has appointed Steve Smith as its new managing director, replacing Mike Thurlow, who has retired. Steve is part of the company’s original team, joining as marketing director in 2000 when the business began trading. He has since purchased Mike’s 50% share of the business.

Steve said: “This company has come a long way since it began in 2000 but we can achieve even more. We have new teams in the warehouse and service departments, which will help support our future growth in terms of both physical size and revenue.

“Despite our ambitions, however, the company’s founding principles will not change. Our experienced and qualified engineers will continue designing and building to the highest standards. We have great confidence in our high-quality workmanship and materials, which reflects in our five-year warranty. I’m very excited to spearhead our ongoing development in the coming years.”

In July, Hi-line showed 27% growth in like-for-like sales, underpinned by a record year for the company’s N2 nitrogen generator systems and HPSA desiccant dryers, both of which have features and functions that provide notable market differentiation, according to representatives of the business. Hi-line’s Burton-upon-Trent headquarters and production facility is also expanding due to growing order levels, they say.

A new building extension is under design, and two temporary warehouse buildings have been erected to hold the additional materials required for dryer builds, the business’ representatives reported. They added that several six-figure projects are underway for completion before year end.

Hi-line is ISO9001-certified and a member of the British Compressed Air Society. The company also supports the ‘Made in Britain’ campaign, which highlights British-made brands and UK manufacturing. Read more Hi-line’s its desiccant air dryer range here.

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