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Centurion employees get a grilling

Published: 17 July 2013
Staff at hardware Centurion Europe have risen to a tricky engineering challenge set by managing director Paul Kantecki - to make a fully functioning barbecue and smoker from recycled materials from the factory and warehouse
Centurion employees get a grilling
To step up the pressure, the challenge had to be completed in time for the company's annual summer barbecue and fun day.

The team, which comprised Mr Kantecki and the site maintenance team, used a redundant compressed air drum as the basis for their very own 'Scrapheap Challenge' design and have worked on the project skills over several months. The result has been trialled successfully in front of a few preview 'guests' but will be given its first formal outing at the staff social event at the end of July.

Commenting on the barbecue project, Mr Kantecki explained: "I wanted to challenge volunteers from the Centurion team - and especially some of our apprentices - to a creative task that would develop skills in an interesting and fun way. The 'make a smoker from recycled materials' idea was both relevant to our production and distribution sites and had a purpose and a deadline in the form of our annual barbecue."

Centurion Europe employs over 100 people at its Doncaster head office in Hunt Lane.

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