Staff recognition, facility upgrades and fleet changes at FAST

A busy year at FAST culminated in two of its staff being recognised in The Manufacturer magazine’s Top 100 awards. The ceremony was, unusually, held by video this year but this did not detract from the pride the company felt at seeing two key members of the team recognised for their individual contributions.

Julia Mansfield

Julia Mansfield, FAST’s technical manager, was recognised for her work with the fuel distribution industry in 2019 and 2020 in identifying the reasons for, and providing long- and short-term solutions to, the fuel filter blocking issues that caused such considerable heartache for distributors and their customers.
Paul Derham, FAST’s general manager, was recognised for his work in appreciating the significance of COVID-19 to the workplace at a very early stage and for creating a COVID-19 secure environment ahead of time.  This enabled FAST to continue its operations internally with minimal disruption and complete employee buy-in with seamless external impact.
It was also a summer of upgrade at FAST with investment made in its laboratory facilities. During the course of the Company’s life, the lab has progressed from a glorified kitchen, to a conversion of the MD’s office, and, after the latest development, is now a fully-fledged, purpose-built facility, which is part of the Energy Institute’s Proficiency Testing Scheme.
In another change for FAST the company delivery vehicles have switched from long-serving Transits to Fiats. FAST has always used its own vehicles for deliveries, wherever possible and economic to do so, and the two retiring Transits both had nearly 300,000 miles on the clock. The Fiats may take a while to reach that level of service given that this year, for COVID-19 reasons, it has relied more heavily on carriers.
We look forward to catching up with all the latest developments at FAST in a future issue.