AN IT expert more used to peering into the intricate workings of PCs and servers is diversifying - into welding.
Jonathan Wheatley, owner and founder of MC Ware, a Stokesley-based IT firm, with a specialism in the marine industry, picked up on the fact that firms he visited were always on the look out for reliable welding and fabrication support.
Jonathan realised that by combining his 12-year marine expertise with input from his brother who works in welding and fabrication he could come up with a solution - and MC Ware Mechanical was formed.
Funded by an investment from Jonathan and with its HQ in Stokesley, MC Ware Mechanical uses the latest state-of-the-art industry software.
“It may seem like a strange diversification but MC Ware has been dealing with the marine and renewables industries for years and we understand that it is all about quality of work, reliability, safety, flexibility, bringing in projects within budget and speed of response.
“Because of my work in the industry, I understand the environment and the special needs of the marine customer. I know that suppliers have let them down in the past and they really want to work with people who are reliable.
“We may be a new company but we employ people with many years of experience. Because the relationship of trust already exists we quickly picked up contracts and now employ 35 people and are working towards a turnover of £3m this year.
“We recently won contracts for CTC Marine and Visser & Smit Marine Contracting - both major players in the Subsea renewables sector. The contracts involve mobilising ships and fabrication of parts for offshore windfarm projects,” said Jonathan.
The firm is certified to ISO 9001, and will complete ISO 18001 certification in May this year to demonstrate its commitment to the safety of both workforce and clients.