Trant-astic accolades for Fantastic Four

FANTASTIC FOUR: From left, award recipients Kenny Toms, Stephen Rennie, Trant Chairman Patrick Trant, Liam Daly and Kevin Baker. They were presented with engraved watches for 25 years’ service each at engineering company Trant. They join 123 staff employees who have worked 25 years or more for the multi-disciplinary contractor, now in its 58th year.


They are the ‘Fantastic Four’ who joined Trant 25 years ago.

Kevin Baker, Liam Daly, Stephen Rennie and Kenneth Toms are the latest members of staff at the multi-disciplinary contractor to receive 25-year service awards, joining 123 others with the same accolade.

Patrick Trant, Chairman, said: “I say this every year but that is some record to beat, not just in region but in the UK. It is absolutely tremendous. We salute the ‘Fantastic Four’.”

The award recipients signed up with Trant, which is in its 58th year and delivers engineering solutions on behalf of major infrastructure clients across the world, in 1992.

That was the year when there were three million people unemployed, compared to half of that currently, and the interest rate was 8% as opposed to today’s historic low of 0.25%.

It was also the year that Saints striker Alan Shearer broke a British record transfer fee with a move to Blackburn for £3.5 million.

Mr Trant, speaking at Trant’s annual awards evening near Southampton, paid warm tribute to Kevin, Liam, Stephen and Kenneth: “It is a mark of respect by us for them, and them for us, that they joined in 1992, when times were tough, and that they are still working for us today.”

Kevin, a bowser driver, joined Trant for what was meant to be just six weeks, starting on a sulphur plant shutdown at Fawley Refinery, which is the largest in the UK and the second largest in Europe.

Liam started out as an operative before studying to become an electrician – he is the longest-serving member of Trant’s mechanical and electrical department.

Stephen, an operative at the refinery who started out on the jetting bay, is regarded as the “go-to person” for maintenance issues, supporting his team day and night.

Kenneth, a ganger at the refinery, also joined with the shutdown and on the jetting bay. He has 21 certificates for training and “really has the spirit of the company”, being the first man to be picked for shutdown teams.

Summing up Trant’s business performance, Mr Trant said the company, which is headquartered in Southampton and employs 1,000 people, had a record year in 2016, with a 30% increase in turnover to £125 million.

New investment is being placed into Trant’s design team, Trant Systems Electrical and the business’ planned off-site manufacturing facility to support the company’s various divisions, from water engineering, petro-chem and energy to nuclear decommissioning and capital projects.

Mr Trant said: “Our unique selling point is delivery on site – we do our own designs and deliver, this is what the marketplace wants and this is what we are doing.

“Our performance on site has always been strong and it can get even better. We are bringing people and procedures into place, further engaging with our partners and well-established supply chain.

“Those two put together will ensure a strong and secure business for the future. That is in place now as we speak.

“A lot of good things are happening at the company and I’d like to convey my congratulations to everyone – it is a big ‘thank you’ from me.”

Tribute was also paid by the Chairman to the growth in Trant’s highly-regarded register of engineering professionals, which has grown in five years from 45 to 150, with 21 chartered engineers compared to the original three.

Last year Trant was awarded a £55.7 million project by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation to upgrade the power station, boiler house and district heating system at the Mount Pleasant power station complex on the Falkland Islands.

A contract in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal in the Himalayas, was recently completed for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

The awards ceremony was held at the Best Western Chilworth Manor Hotel, Chilworth, with more than 100 staff and guests.

Southampton-based comedian Mike Osman provided post-awards entertainment, impersonating Donald Trump from a lectern displaying the Seal of the President of the United States.

Samantha Laurilla, a local vocalist, sang the night away.


By Nikki Pullen on Friday, April 7th, 2017 in news.