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Tong keep it in the family with new Managing Director

Tong Engineering, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of quality vegetable handling equipment has announced that Edward Tong will take over as the company’s new Managing Director.

Charles & Edward Tong

Charles & Edward Tong

Tong Engineering, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of quality vegetable handling equipment has announced that Edward Tong will take over as the company’s new Managing Director.

Current Managing Director Charles Tong is handing over the reigns to his son after 27 years at the helm as he takes his new role as Chairman of the company. He says; “I’m extremely proud of all we have achieved during my time leading Tong Engineering. A major milestone for the business during my management has been the introduction of the Caretaker mobile grader that we have continuously developed over the years and still remains one of our best selling machines today.

Charles also headed up the team that led the expansion of the company in 2004 with the takeover of Peal Engineering. He continues; “Despite the growth and changes over the years Tong has always been a family business and Edward has worked alongside me for over ten years so I had no hesitation in passing the mantle on to him and I’m confident he will lead the business into further success.”

Edward joined Tong in 2003 in a sales and marketing role after graduating from Sheffield University. He already had experience of the business after spending many of his holidays working in various parts of the company including; stores, the machine shop, final fit and service. He quickly moved up the ranks into an operations role and was promoted to Operations Director in 2010.

Edward says, “It’s a huge privilege to be taking over as Managing Director of our well established and respected business that has been part of my family for 85 years. The business has grown significantly as we have diversified and expanded our product range that is now distributed across the world. We are very proud to be able to employ and train local people right through from apprenticeship level. This investment in training and development has allowed us to build an extremely knowledgeable and experienced team and I intend to continue our growth and ensure we retain our position at the forefront of the industry.”

The company is also changing its branding as Tong Peal reverts to Tong Engineering. Edward says: “The registered company name has always remained Tong Engineering Ltd. Tong Peal has been our trading name since the takeover of Peal, as particularly in the early days we wanted to make it clear that we continued to manufacture and supply their parts and products. After ten years we feel it is the ideal time to return to trading as Tong Engineering.

The business has grown significantly and we have built a strong reputation over the years. We want to build on this further and feel that going back to our well-known Tong roots is right for the next chapter of the business. Not only that, the recent arrival of my son Henry means he is the start of the fifth generation of the Tong family, which is really exciting!”

Customers can see the new branding for the first time at the Cereals Show where Tong will be on stand 202.

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