DKM Sheetmetal celebrates 40th birthday with £600,000 present


A Stonehouse-based company is splashing out £600,000 on new automation technology to enable the company to achieve more efficient 24-hour production, and will be adding to its workforce too.

It’s quite a birthday present for DKM Sheetmetal, which employs 45 people at its Oldends Industrial Estate base, and is celebrating its 40th birthday party.

DKM has grown from occupying just one of the units at Oldends to ten.

This latest move takes the company’s investment in technology to in excess of £2million in the last two years.

For the past three years DKM has taken on manufacturing apprentices and expects to appoint new staff this year to meet demand.

“We have grown from 3,000 square feet and six staff to our current site of 30,000 square feet and 45 employees,” said managing director Steve Hearn.

“We run 24 hour shifts now and our turnover is around £5 million.”

Steve led DKM’s transformation after being part of a buy-out of the company from its previous owners in 2004.

He works closely with co-owner Guy Goring, whose initial investment – as well as his ongoing support – was key to the transformation.

They now work with companies such as Vodafone, and BT – designing a cabinet to ensure 4G mobile coverage could be rolled out in rural areas.

Steve also paid tribute to his employees. “We are very proud of our strong and successful engineering team.”