Rubb celebrates three employees’ long service

Commemorative timepieces have been presented to three long serving members of staff at Rubb Buildings Ltd.

Melanie Brewis, Stephen Jackson and Bob Grieves began working for the Gateshead company, at Team Valley Trading Estate, in 1990.

Mel joined Rubb at the age of 16 and has progressed from the role of Production Operator to PVC Production Supervisor. “I found out about Rubb from a friend and started working in August 1990. It doesn’t seem like long ago. It has flown,” Mel said.

Mel swiftly progressed to become Deputy Supervisor in January 1994 and Supervisor by September of the same year. She has also been involved in many aspects of PVC R&D, from the development of Rubb Military Buildings to insulated Thermohall cladding technology.

“I have enjoyed working on some of the big orders for the Ministry of Defence and NATO. It was good to work on the 52 military RES buildings for the UK MoD in 2003/2004,” she added. “The modernisation of technology has helped us adapt and improve our production procedures. We also have people here with years of experience who can apply what they know to current projects.”

After leaving school, Stephen won a placement at Rubb while on a Youth Training Scheme at MYSON in August 1990. He interviewed for the role of Fitter/Welder but then secured a role in the design office after a second interview with the design office manager Trevor Watson.

He said: “I was very interested in working in the design office. The interview went well. When I started I met Bill Wood (then MD at Rubb). Bill put a lot of trust in me over the years and this helped me progress.”

Stephen went on to become Design Office Manager in 2007. He was promoted to Design/Quality Manager in 2011. His role later evolved to include aspects of Health and Safety. As these responsibilities grew, he left his role as Design Office Manager to become H&S/Quality Manger in 2013. During his career at Rubb, he has also been responsible for overseeing all aspects of IT systems.

Stephen added: “Highlights have included the Research and Development of the Rapid Deployment Structures and the Expeditionary Forces Aircraft Shelter System (EFASS). I have enjoyed working closely with the design team and manufacturing departments on these projects.”

Bob came to Rubb at the age of 32 after working as Stores Controller at Raine Engineering. He came for an interview at Rubb and started as the company’s Storeman.

“I never thought I would stay as long but Rubb has been good to me,” he said. “I get on with everyone and it’s a good place to work. Stores has grown from a small area to a bigger and better facility.”

Managing Director Ian Hindmoor said: “I am honoured to present another three people from this company with watches for their dedication and long service at Rubb. Everyone is part of a big team and it just goes to show that this is a good company to work for.”

Past recipients include Bill Wood, Ian Mackley, Ron Adams, Ray Colby, Michael Halpin Snr, Joe Ross, Billy Waugh, Stan Pinchen, Gary Spragg, Carol Clelland, Liz Spurr, Michael Anthony-Mote, John Borlace, Christine Mains, Dawn Carter, Phil Watson, George Coates, Tony Stewart and Trevor Sarginson.