Steve Marshall has not only taken over as managing director of Strand Hardware, but also its two sister companies – Strand Technologies and AliMet Fabrications.
Marshall has taken the helm of the three Midlands companies following a 24-year career at GEZE UK where for the past two years he served as operations director, following roles in the service and commercial teams. However, his new challenge has taken him full circle – he began his career as an estimator for an aluminium door and window fabrication company (James Gibbons) before moving into the world of automatics (Newman Tonks followed by Horton Automatics).
Marshall’s appointment is a significant change for Strand Hardware and demonstrates a resounding belief in his abilities. It will be the first time that the company has seen day-to-day operations managed by someone outside the family-run firm.
Steve Marshall said: “It is such an exciting challenge. They are three fairly different companies which at the same time complement each other. My work at GEZE UK has given me a background in door hardware, albeit that Strand Hardware has a different range of specialist products, but I know a lot of people in the industry that are customers of Strand already.
“GEZE also distributed iContact which is a pivotal product within the Strand Technologies range. Although a relatively new company, Strand Technologies is going from strength to strength and diversifying into many new markets outside the door industry. I began my career with a door and window fabrications company, so AliMet’s business is not unknown to me either. All three are really, really exciting, and I’m looking forward to working with the teams, helping them develop and achieve further growth.”