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Minister to visit flood-hit firm

Sheffield Forgemasters [picture: Laurance Richardson]
The firm makes heavy forged and cast steel products

Business Secretary John Hutton will visit a heavy engineering specialist in South Yorkshire later to see how it has recovered from the summer floods.

Sheffield Forgemasters has invested more than six months of time and 16m to recover from the extensive damage.

More than 50 staff were trapped at the site when it was cut off by flash flooding in June 2007.

The 200-year-old company partially resumed work days after the site was submerged in 6ft (1.8m) of water.

The Brightside Lane company, which has survived both world wars, was cut off by torrents of water leaving staff stranded in the building without power and communications.

Emergency services had to rescue employees in the early hours via helicopter and boat.

The company said it is working with agencies to address the causes of flooding in the Lower Don Valley.


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