HNP engineering’s 47 year occupancy of its Commercial Road site comes to an end on Monday when director Ian Walterson hands over the keys to the building to site owners Shetland Leasing And Property.
Mr Walterson himself has worked out of the building for over 20 years – his first day was on 21st April 1996. The firm has now relocated to the Lower Blackhill Industrial Estate, a process that began in May.
He said that he had many memories of the building where “a lot had gone on in his time and a helluva lot more before that. I will certainly miss it.
He added: “I would like to thank you to all my staff for the huge efforts they have put into the relocation process. It has been a lot of work while still trying to perform our function as a business doing our day to day work at the same time.
“I would also like to say a huge thank you to all our customers for sticking with us and putting up with then disruption entailed with the relocation and having the business operating at two locations. So I am very grateful to our customers for that and sticking with us at the Lower Blackhill.”
Mr Walterson reckoned the number of employees at HNP over the years probably reached three figures during his time and there had been many more before that and many apprentices had been trained.
Moving all the firm’s stores and heavy engineering equipment and buying and preparing the building at Lower Blackhill had been an “expensive business”, said Mr Walterson.
HNP received the keys for the new premises at the end of July. It was owned previously by West Side Transport, Ian Reid and then Streamline as a maintenance workshop for its mobile cranes.