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Archbishop visit to Sheffield steelworks

Meeting Employees at Sheffield Forgemasters

Friday 20th May 2011

Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York and the Bishop of Sheffield, toured Sheffield Forgemasters for the first time for a look around the 200-year-old steelworks led by chief executive Graham Honeyman and non-executive director Peter Birtles.

 During the visit the Archbishop met some of the 850 employees and young apprentices that work at the 63-acre site, with discussions about the manufacturing sector as a whole and the history of Forgemasters.

 Peter Birtles said: “We were delighted to hold this historic visit for the Archbishop and his senior colleagues and provide an insight into the steel heritage of Sheffield and the wider world of manufacturing.

 “All the clergy seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the history of Forgemasters with Dr Sentamu spending a lot of time talking to the various members of staff and in particular the apprentices and listening to their achievements and experiences here.

 “As this was the first visit for the Bishop of Sheffield we hope that he and some of his colleagues from the city visit us again in the near future.”

 About Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd

Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd (SFIL) is a world leader in supplying total engineering packages to solve industry’s needs.  SFIL specialises in a broad range of heavy forged and cast steel products as well as supplying ingot and bar. SFIL can design, establish material requirements, produce material specifications and manufacture products to the highest quality.  SFIL produce some of the largest bespoke engineered products in the world with capacity for castings of up to 350 tonnes and forgings of up to 275 tonnes.  SFIL are the worlds leading supplier of castings to the offshore sector and have designed and manufactured more than 46,000 tonnes of components. The company has operated in this market for more than 20 years and SFIL castings are tried and tested in structures around the world.

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