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Working for Camloc Motion Control is a Gas!
Duo clock up 55 years’ service between them.
We’re currently celebrating our sales desk supervisor Angie Flood, and prototype and development engineer John Widger, clocking up an impressive 55 years’ service between them!
It was all about the shoulder pads, Madonna and Maradonna’s ‘hand of God’ in 1986 when 17- year-old Angie walked through our doors here at Camloc – taking on an admin support role in the purchasing depart on the Youth Training Scheme or ‘YTS’ as it was known.
“I’d heard about the job through a friend who was a secretary at Camloc,” explains Angie. “I should have earned £28 per week on the YT scheme, but Camloc made up my wages to £45 per week which I thought was great!”
Thirty years later and Angie never imagined she’d still have a role within the company – working her way up from purchasing clerk to receptionist, to sales advisor before moving on to her current role of sales desk supervisor.
“I’ve stayed here at Camloc for 30 years as I still thoroughly enjoy my job,” says Angie who travels to Leicester from her home in Coventry four days a week. “It varies every day and I still enjoy the challenge and the buzz of securing new business. Job satisfaction is the key and also having lovely people to work with. We all work together, are on the same side and make a great team!”
There are 36 members of staff based here in Leicester, with an average length of service of 14 years – quite an achievement for any business, but particularly remarkable for one in the UK manufacturing industry.
John Widger is also part of our loyal team. John, who is also celebrating his 60 th birthday this year, joined us in 1991 from Sileby-based BQ Precision where he’d been for the previous 19 years, having started there as an apprentice.
Beginning his Camloc career making prototypes for fasteners, John has seen our company grow to become one of the UK’s leading designers and manufacturers of gas struts, springs, dampers and end fittings – supplying design engineers across the globe.
“Camloc has always been a great company to work for, but in recent years they have really focused on continually training staff which I’ve particularly appreciated,” says John. “As a prototype and development engineer, I constantly need to learn new technologies and techniques so we can produce the best, most effective motion control solutions for our customers. I never know what I’ll be working on day to day, and that challenge is one of themain reasons I’ve stayed with Camloc for so long.”
We’ve rewarded both Angie and John with extra days’ holiday, lunch with their colleagues and a gift of their choice as part of their long service celebrations.
How do gas struts work?
At Camloc Motion Control, we design and manufacture a wide range of engineered gas springs, struts and damper solutions to fit your requirements. Whether your project involves, for example, the door of a specialist vehicle or the hidden mechanisms of an operating table, our solutions will help you achieve the range of motion your application requires to work properly.
How to get the most out of your gas strut
At Camloc Motion Control, we’re proud to produce high-quality gas struts and dampers that contribute to manufacturing success in a variety of industries, from medical to aerospace. However, as a manufacturer, we’re heavily investing in the durability, strength and manoeuvrability of our products when they’ve left our factories, which is why we want to share how you can get the most out of your gas struts, improve their lifespan and quickly identify any warning signs that need attention.
How you choose the right gas strut for you and your product
At Camloc Motion Control, we understand that for every kind of project, there is a gas strut that can help you to lift, lower and control. However, there are so many different kinds to choose from. How do you know which type of gas strut you need? If you’re confused by which of our products is right for you, this blog post will help to guide your selection, if you’re still unsure you can visit our products page for each one, or alternatively contact one of our experts.