The world’s leading cable cleat manufacturer and exporter, Ellis Patents has appointed a new operations manager to look after all aspects of its daily manufacturing activity.

Rick Butterfield has joined the Rillington-based business from Dale Power Solutions, and has taken direct responsibility for everything from production planning and project costing to building and plant maintenance and repairs; continuous improvement initiatives to the management of all stores, warehousing and despatch.

Commenting on his appointment, Rick said: “As well as a glowing global reputation, Ellis is extremely well respected in North Yorkshire; being seen as one of the best employers in the region. When I saw this job opportunity I didn’t hesitate to apply, despite the fact I’d spent nearly 20 years with my previous employer.”

From its base in North Yorkshire, Ellis Patents designs, develops, manufactures and exports its cable cleats around the globe. It currently has local distributors in over 40 different countries, and actively exports its electrical safety products into 45.

The company also has a burgeoning reputation as industry problem solvers. This innovative approach, which relies on the company’s in-house technical and engineering expertise, has seen it develop brand new products in live project situations for the likes of Balfour Beatty and Siemens; and cure a major health and safety installation headache for Network Rail with a product that won numerous innovation awards.

“Our British made products are tried, tested and trusted; and our innovative approach to product development really does differentiate us from the competition,” said Ellis’ technical director, Stephen Walton. “But underpinning all of this is the day-to-day operation of the manufacturing and distribution side of the business, which goes to show just how important an appointment this is.”

“Rick impressed us all from the moment we first met him, and we all look forward to working closely with him for many years to come.”