We called on Sean O’Keeffe, Founder and Managing Director of one of the United Kingdom’s leading manufacturers of ductwork and ventilation products, and proud Thor Duct ® Licensed Manufacturer.
Established in 1992 and with a staff of 23 and a fleet of 5 lorries, Independent Ductwork Ltd. enjoys a strategically-valuable location in Basingstoke, Hampshire, adjacent to the M3 & M4 motorways. This gives it access to all of central and Southern England with trunk routes to the North.
The company is vastly experienced in the supply of both large and small projects of all types of ductwork systems, and was perfectly positioned to take advantage of Thor Duct ® products a number of years ago.
Enter Thor Duct ®
Having met with – and been impressed by the Thor Duct ® people – the company was now essentially faced with a single question: could it justify licensing an excellent, reputable product without actual orders on the books? The answer transpired quickly; a huge resounding yes!
This order was a ductwork project at a military barracks dating back to the 1970’s – known as the Gibraltar Barracks – at Minley, Hampshire. “A very interesting and satisfying job to start with!” enthuses Sean.
The benefits of the licensing arrangement have crystallised over the years as Independent’s relationship with Thor Duct ® goes from strength to strength. One of the main reasons for this is the increasing proliferation of fire duct work being carried out especially in the UK and mainland Europe.
For Sean and his team of skilled manufacturers, the Thor Duct ® products licensed to Independent Ductwork represented “really, a complete system, all tested by independent accredited laboratories under UKAS, with all fixing and supports installed and featuring penetration seals for platter and concrete floors and walls, as well as insulated access doors and silencers.”
In relation to the support the company enjoys from Thor Duct ®, Sean is pleased and impressed. “There’s always the odd technical enquiry from clients, it’s an evolving market and everyone is learning. The guys at Thor Duct ® are always there to help us out. They provide information quickly, allowing us to get back to our clients in black and white with same-day information and responses. It’s this kind of service that wins us repeat customers” explains Sean.
Indeed, with work on the northern extension of the London Underground among their recent projects, and some £500K in ductwork carried out this year alone, the marriage of Independent Ductwork’s technical expertise, decades of experience, and a high-quality product in Thor Duct ®, looks set to continue for many years to come.
If you are sick of outsourcing the high margin part of the job to others, maybe it’s time to consider becoming a licensee of Thor Duct ® just like Independent Ductwork and many others, have done.
Contact Thor Duct ® to learn how your firm can grow by offering the ultimate in fire safety duct work.