Two awards for top young manufacturer

Joe Miller, 23, Hastings Young Manufacturer of the Year
Joe Miller, 23, Hastings Young Manufacturer of the Year

A YOUNG employee at an engineering company has picked up two top industry awards.

Joe Miller, 23, of Alma Villas, St Leonards, was presented with the award for ‘outstanding achievement by a final year apprentice’ at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards, after being put forward by his company, Drallim Industries.

After a gruelling interview process, Joe beat five other apprentices shortlisted from the south east region and will now be put forward for the national awards.

Following on from this success, Joe was named Young Manufacturer of the Year, a prize sponsored by Epicor software and awarded by The Manufacturer magazine, at a black tie event in Lancashire.

He said: “Initially, when they called out my name, I was just in shock.

“I think I impressed the judges with the diversity of products I work on for my age.”

Dave Mooney, managing director of St Leonards-based Drallim Industries, added: “We’re all tremendously proud of how well Joe has done up against so much competition from significantly larger organisations. He is a real credit to Drallim.”