Russell Roof Tiles (RRT) has marked the retirements of Colin Dilks and Dave Brookes, who combine 41 years of service at the manufacturer’s site in Burton.

The manufacturer has seen a number of employees celebrate significant work milestones over the years. This year alone, eight employees across the business are set to receive long service awards ranging from 10-50 years, highlighting the manufacturer’s gratitude to its employees and their ongoing hard work.

Dave Brookes, Yard and Resale Operator, said: “I can’t believe how quickly 18 years has gone; I remember my first day like it was yesterday.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes to the industry over the years, but nothing that RRT couldn’t handle. Even a global pandemic didn’t stop us. It’s now time for me to slow down and relax, spend time with the family and most importantly, pursue my passion of studying horses.” 

Colin Dilks, Production Forklift Truck Driver, added: “I am extremely proud to have been part of the company for so many years, but all good things come to an end.

“I’m looking at my retirement as a positive, I’ll be able to spend more time with my family and enjoy the sunshine but of course, I’ll miss working at RRT and the incredible team.”  

Bruce Laidlaw, Operations Director at Russell Roof Tiles, said: “At Russell Roof Tiles we make sure that we are supporting our employees so they can build successful careers with us.

“Colin and Dave are no exception. Having been pivotal members of the team for a combination of 41 years, they’ve witnessed significant changes that have allowed us to grow and expand our Burton site over the years.

“As a massive thank you from us, we presented Colin and Dave with gold watches, gift vouchers and flowers. We wish them both a happy and healthy retirement.”

The rest of the Russell Roof Tiles team wants to thank Colin and Dave for their service and dedication to the company over the years and wish them happiness in their new stage of life.