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Vortex UK celebrates a decade in dry bulk handling

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Vortex was founded in the US 40 years ago, specialising in a wide range of valves and components for handling bulk solids.

It has offices in Darlington, UK. These offices are responsible for the corporation’s business activities in Europe, Asia and Africa.

This year, Vortex’s UK base is celebrating its ten year anniversary.

According to Laurence Millington, Vortex’s International Sales Director, it has been more of a marathon than a sprint for expanding Vortex’s business outside of the Americas.

“Ten years ago, Vortex had a huge mountain to climb. When we started (in the UK) we had only a handful of customers throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. Despite this, we knew if we could assist our customers by solving their processing problems, whilst striving to delivering excellent service and response, Vortex would find its place in these new markets.”

The proverbial mountain Millington mentioned involved a wide range of challenges, which included offering products that were certified in accordance to EU Directives and developing products that conformed to metric versus imperial standards. “The first three years were more about investing in the future than turning over profits,” commented Vortex’s Managing Director Travis Young.

In April 2016, the company moved into a newly renovated industrial building near Darlington town centre to house its primary offices and distribution centre.

“The new premises not only provides a great work environment for our employees, but offers a lot more room for growth,” commented Young. “We routinely host many agents and clients for training courses from all over the world, so the large conference room and product demonstration area are a welcome addition.”The move in April marks Vortex’s third relocation in ten years to accommodate more staff and warehousing space. Prior to its move to Enterprise House in Darlington, the company was located in the Morton Park Industrial Estate.

“Much of our growth can be attributed toVortex’s employees,” mentioned Young. ”We have a great team of people that maintain our company’s core values of respect, humility, integrity, and passion in both the UK and the US.”

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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