Steely Ambitions

Monday, 9 August 2021

Steely Ambitions

Discovering an old newspaper cutting brings out nostalgia in all of us, especially those old enough to have survived before the advent of smartphones and email. What makes this article particularly appealing is that the company featured is still going strong after over 100 years.

Established in 1905, Normand and Thomson are specialists in the design and fabrication of steel products. Their portfolio is remarkably diverse, with projects ranging from manufacturing stainless steel tanks and pipework to art installations made both in their own facility and on customers sites. Although the firm started off in Dunfermline, it is now based in the Fife coastal town of Dalgety Bay.

Consistency through the decades

Managing Director Jim McAleese explains, “When we came across the Dunfermline Press cutting from 1966 we were struck by two things, how much change there has been in the engineering world, and also how our core values have remained steadfast, in particular our investment in staff and customers. Many of our staff have been here for over 20 years and long service is a feature of the firm. We achieve stability by engaging with clients and adapting to their changing needs, evolving together through the decades.   Over the years we have amassed an enormous amount of knowledge and experience, and we have harnessed new technology to improve and expand our capability. We continue to develop young engineering talent in every area of the business”.

What does the future hold?

“Normand and Thomson have been growing steadily over the last few years and we are extremely positive about our future. We all like a bit of nostalgia and we can learn from the past however our minds are focused on the future. While we continue to provide excellent service and remain innovative, flexible, and reactive to our customers, we will grow and continue to be successful. By investing in both our staff training and new technology, we can continue to provide employment and support the local economy, hopefully for another 100 years.”

Our customers are at the centre of our business. Building lasting relationships by delivering excellent service and great quality is what we do.