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the closure of most of Britain's mines 20 years ago had a big impact on companies like Dale, Guilor and his then business partners managed to keep the business going by diversifying into other areas of engineering.

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He still has a framed Nottingham Post photograph from 1993 showing himself and his two business partners, posed under the big Dale sign at the front of the factory, as they celebrated their reacquisition.

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The recent management buyout came about when Mr Guilor's two partners decided they wanted to give up their interests. The buyout was on friendly terms, says Mr Guilor, and means ownership of the company now lies with his family.

One consistent priority for Mr Guilor is that his business provides opportunities for local young people. His 60 employees include seven apprentices and he will be taking on another three this year.

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Mr Guilor views the younger generation as the future of Britain and so is keen to do more than his fair share to help teenagers acquire real life engineering skills as they complete their studies at school or college.

Yet the demands of mining, for salt, pot ash and coal, are also still strong here. Many pieces of kit scattered around the bays, for example, will create a "walking" mine materials conveyor which has a total weight of 40 tons.

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Mr Guilor has been on the other side of the fence too, having sold the company at one point, only to then buy it back from the bank when it went into receivership.

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While there were a handful of redundancies at the turn of the new century, Mr Guilor says the business has remained steady for a few years now and Dale today remains one of the few companies in the area still involved in the manufacture of mining equipment.

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Now, at the age of 78, Mr Guilor has begun a new era by leading a management buyout of the company he helped to found in 1971 Dale (Mansfield), based at New Houghton, near Mansfield.

Today, after decades in engineering, Mr Guilor says he still loves the job. "I like to think of ourselves as problem solvers," he adds. "If you want something, we will design it. Design, manufacture and install is our motto."

The interior scene of welding, lathing, drilling and spraying amid rows of shiny steel components offers a refreshing reminder that there are still corners of the realm where faith remains strong in British engineering.

Yet even today, the manufacture of mining equipment still Nike Air Max 90 Womens Pink Grey accounts for up to a third of all orders at a company, with a turnover of around million.

So did he have to drive around the country touting for new orders? Well, it was a difficult time, says Mr Guilor, and there was a bit of driving, but mailshots and the internet have also helped fill the order books over the years.

One bay is stacked with large round boilers destined for a power station. Metal bins hold dozens of hydraulic cylinders. Other awkward looking parts will be used to make shipping containers.

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Yet even after a long career that started with an apprenticeship at 15, and included two years national service as a tradesman turner with the RAF in the 1950s, there are still new business Air Max 90 Black Yellow

"The mine closure programme] was a disaster," he says. "We had to diversify into other areas of engineering such as hydraulic cylinders. We had to show that we could make anything people wanted within the ten ton range."

Although Mr Guilor senior says that Dale's survival has been based on its ability to make just about anything weighing under ten tons, he and his sons are now beginning to think about clinching new contracts. "I can't see a light at the end of the tunnel, but I can see a light," says Mr Guilor, referring to the impact of the current recession.

Back in the mid 1970s, when the National Coal Board (NCB) was one of Dale's biggest customers, the company employed around 100 people. That went up to 200 when a subsidiary factory was also opened in Pinxton. But the coal mine closures in the 1980s and 90s Nike Air Max 90 Hyperfuse 2015

opportunities to be explored.

The deal makes him and his two sons Ian and Tony directors of a company that has its roots in the design and manufacture of heavy equipment for the mining industry.

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How did Mr Guilor feel about the deal going through? He smiles. "My cup overfloweth. It wasn't forced because the others wanted to sell."

"And I believe they are behind me because they know that I can do the job myself. I'm also very keen on our young people, because the future of the country lies with them."

gradually began to slow the growth and forced Mr Guilor and his partners to seek new orders outside mining.

"You need a skilled workforce and you need it to trust you and to get behind you.

What did the workforce make of it? "A few of them knew something was going on. But we had the support of the workforce and they wanted it to go ahead.

Some of Mr Guilor's apprentices can be seen at work as he conducts a tour of Dale Engineering's various workshop bays on its three acre site.

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