John Ellison created a company specialising in local, mainly council, Heating & Ventilation contracting Works carried out included boiler re-tubing & replacement together with the electrical element of works associated with the same
John, whilst wanting to ‘stand out’ from other contractors designed & built the country’s 1st mobile boiler hire unit This concept was used when carrying out boiler replacements, thus creating heat by temporary means to allow works to be carried out during the day rather than ‘out of hours’
Local contracting works increased & increased and a decision was taken to re-model the company structure A partnership agreement was formed with a French boiler Co De-Dietrich to become the sole UK company to assemble, commission & service their kit throughout the UK. Teams of operatives were trained in Strasbourg for all such works It was at this point that the concept of a ‘Packaged Plantroom’ offsite manufactured was being conceived with John thinking of the companies future
‘Tesco’, the largest client at the time for offsite manufactured products asked John to survey units they had around the UK as units were overheating and causing the controls system to knock out on overheat John surveyed approximately 22 Tesco sites around the country and summarised all good points and all bad points and presented the same to Tesco John had always wanted to progress the concept of Packaged Plant and saw this as THE opportunity to design the Ellison Containerised Plantroom
Ellison’s were awarded a contract which was the 1st Packaged Plantroom for a bespoke client, this being a contract at CWS in Croydon Following completion a presentation was made to Tesco and highlighted the positive points picked up from the surveys carried out Ellison Engineering were immediately placed on the list and all other companies manufacturing Packaged Plantrooms were instructed to purchase enclosures from Ellison Engineering The manufacturing of Packaged Plant was immediately under way!
1990 - 1995
During this time specific items were designed and created in house purely based on the manufacture of Packaged Plant, these items included the patenting of the Vented Acoustic Ridge and the method of fixing enclosure cladding panels to allow them to be removable for plant replacement or damage.