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Old 09 February 2012, 03:43   #1
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Tornado ribs

It seems I couldn't be any closer as they have moved in to the yard outside my office window!

After a haulage contractor appeared to go under and the receivers came and picked up all the trailers and tractor units a 9-10m rib appeared in the yard.

Not thinking much of it for a while until a pair of moulds appeared a couple of weeks ago and more and more activity started.

Not resisting any longer since I look out of a first story window directly in to the site I had to go and ask the guys working in the unit.

Having had the reply that they are a rib manufacturer I had to ask who are you since they have yet to get any signage up to replace the haulage contractors signs that are still up, "Tornado Ribs".
We everyone knows who they are so after a bit more chatting I had a little look at two new 6.8m ribs well on their way to being finished before being exported to the customer.

Will be good to see how the site develops as the brand does seem to have a good reputation being in the industry possibly longer than any other manufacturer.

http://www.tornado-boats.com/en/

I now certainly don't have to walk far if I need to ask any rib build questions
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Old 09 February 2012, 04:01   #2
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I thought Tornados were now made in China.
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Old 09 February 2012, 08:28   #4
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I thought production had gone over to China as well?
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Old 09 February 2012, 12:21   #6
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I thought production had gone over to China as well?
Their last advert in rib mag (or whatever its called now) says made in Britain. So certainly sounds like it has come back home.
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Their last advert in rib mag (or whatever its called now) says made in Britain. So certainly sounds like it has come back home.
Yep and I remember when it all started back in Horsforth Leeds by The legendary David Haygreen and mark Terrill in the mid 1970s and his associates ,then they moved over to Hull.
They had some really futuristic stuff planned even in the mid 70s including a submersible Rib,
before the tornado company they were called Nsm north sea marine if I recall.
Always seemed to be working in the back room on some project ongoing for the oil industry or military special people,,,the men in black,
Think they one of the first to use polyurathane sponsons
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I thought Tornados were now made in China.
I was told they did move over to China a few years ago but havenow moved the operation back here.
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Yep and I remember when it all started back in Horsforth Leeds by The legendary David Haygreen and mark Terrill in the mid 1970s and his associates ,then they moved over to Hull.
They had some really futuristic stuff planned even in the mid 70s including a submersible Rib,
before the tornado company they were called Nsm north sea marine if I recall.
Always seemed to be working in the back room on some project ongoing for the oil industry or military special people,,,the men in black,
Think they one of the first to use polyurathane sponsons
David is still the owner and has a nice reg plate - "RIB 1"
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I was told they did move over to China a few years ago but havenow moved the operation back here.
Thats good to know. I like Tornados. Could be included in the list of what RIB I'll buy next. No way when they were made in China. Hope they are back here.
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