Christy Turner ‘Christy & Norris 8” Lab Mill’ is the little lab mill that packs a punch in the variety of university and laboratory settings we find increasing demand for from across the globe. It’s a small scale mill designed for sample grinding and size reduction for precision test work. Available in 2 voltage options, it’s brother, the Christy & Norris Soil Mill takes care of de-lumping and grading dried soil samples.
I’Anson are a family owned and managed company that manufacture and supply premium animal feed to agricultural, equine and pet food industries.
Their factory in Masham, North Yorkshire, is the centre of the operation and between Masham and the Melmerby Distribution Centre, employ more than 90 people. Just looking at the latest I’Anson news, long term employees are regularly celebrated, and it is this strong family ethos coupled with an impressive embracement of new processes and technologies that has been the mainstay of the company.
Focussing on high quality products and customer service I’Anson remain market specialists in manufacture and supply of feed for beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, horse, and pets: everything from chickens to chinchillas!
Turn the clocks back 122 years to the start of the I’Anson story. In the small market town of Masham in North Yorkshire, Great-grandfather of the current directors, Christopher I’Anson, acquired a small agricultural firm and a banking agency. This banking agency eventually became the Midland Bank (now HSBC) Christopher welcomed his first farm and bank customers on July 15, 1900. Thus, Christopher became the first Midland Bank manager in the town.
If you take the picturesque train journey, along the River Stour from Manningtree to Harwich, you will stop at Mistley. The repurposed 18th century mills and trade buildings still suggest a once bustling port and trade centre, and amongst them the English Diastic Malt Extract Company has stood since 1881: a mouthful that was eventually shortened to EDME Ltd in 1897.
We often welcome groups from our community to visit our workshops and see British industry in the making. Our workshops are continuously busy with manufacturing and servicing roller mills, hammer mills, flaking mills and pulverizers and our new test centre is currently being refurbished and extended for new and exciting projects.
A familiar face with a wealth of experience: Christy Turner’s Ian Butcher was recently promoted from our existing management team to head up our entirely UK manufacturing operation and oversee worldwide operations.
Apprenticeships are as vital to the lifeblood of our industry as they are to the local community. Christy Turner work with Suffolk New College to seek out suitable candidates and see them on their journey to what will hopefully become a career manufacturing and maintaining the roller mills, hammer mills, flaking mills and pulverizers that ship worldwide to industries as diverse as racehorse feed manufacturers, recycling companies, bakery and food millers, as well as farmers and animal feed specialists.
In the first of our series of strategic alliances, we travel across the Irish sea to the small community of Goresbridge in County Kilkenny.
Since 1908, when William Connelly had the bright idea of painting the mill of the roof red to stand out from the competition, Connolly’s Red Mills have been producing initially for the local farming community, but by 1954 the third generation of the Connolly family, Liam Connolly, led Connolly’s Red Mills into a new era of product technology and innovation. That’s where we came in: Christy Turner supplied the original ‘Turner Rolls’ and prior to that, as early as the 1930’s we supplied a set of cold drop forged rolls.
Christy Turner prides itself on its apprenticeship scheme. Not only does this show commitment to encouraging and developing new local talent, but the programme also builds key staff members that go on to become a vital part of our team.
Our apprentices can be office or workshop based and are run in conjunction with Suffolk New College.
Ron Gosling, a well-known engineering business leader in Ipswich has died after a four year battle with cancer. Ron was passionate about engineering and business, and was President of the Ipswich Engineering Society twice, including the society’s centenary year.
Ron joined local engineering business W G Gosling in 1969 after an apprenticeship at Reavells in Ipswich. In 1982 Ron became Managing Director of Gosling Group and E, R & F Turner.
Acquiring the Miracle Mills business in 1986 and adding the Christy Hunt business to the group in 2004, the multiple brands of W G Gosling, Christy & Norris, E, R & F Turner and Miracle Mills combined under the new Christy Turner brand. In 2013, Ron became Chairman of the group of companies, and at a time when many Ipswich engineering firms were failing, Ron managed to drive the historic company into international success with timely innovation and development.
From introducing the first flaking mills with computerised roll-gap control, to developing a 600 ml roller mill that ships worldwide to produce Cornflakes, Ron was proud to have succeeded in being at the heart of a thriving engineering business making machines that last.
Our new steam conditioner is designed for performance & hygiene requirements of modern production. Fully insulated to maximise heat retention using a fully welded stainless steel construction with zoned conditioning. Full interlock safety fitted a standard with a simple hygienic design to minimise product traps which maximises cleanability.
Our mills are known for their longevity and reliability, so when asked to write about one of the Christy Turner flagship hammer mills, I had the pleasure of finding one its fans in Lancashire, where Jon Appleton, a second-generation farmer, continues a nationally acclaimed rare breed pig breed empire and farms some 700 acres of arable.
The link between the arable, including wheat, oats, barley, plus 90 acres of potatoes and 60 acres of carrots is the Essex Major Hammer Mill, which first arrived at Stanley Farm back in 1973 when Jon was still at school. With a mere 60 acres of arable in those days, Jon’s father, Jim, looked to pigs to expand the farm.
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