Dortek Hull Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

Dortek, one of the global leading designers and manufacturers of high hygiene doors and access systems, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Hull office opening in the UK.

Since the company, which specialises in bespoke doors for the world’s top pharmaceutical, hospital, research and food facilities was established, it has been committed to developing innovative products which increase hygiene, operating efficiency and longevity.

The business was originally founded in Ireland as Wenplast Limited by the O’Mara family in 1968. Dortek Hull was then established by Phons O’Mara and Tony Fenton, 5 years later in 1989.

Dortek hygienic doors celebrates 30th anniversary
Pictured above Left to right; Construction of the Dortek Hull office and warehouse back in 1989; one of the original Dortek company cars.

The Hull office first started with just 3 members of staff, Tony Fenton, Company Director, Terry Rogers, Project Manager and Ken Mawer, Operations Director. Since then it has grown to over 50 members in Hull and over 200 in total across the group. The organisation has gone from strength to strength and now operates across the UK and international markets with operations based across six locations in the UK, US, Ireland, Sweden, Singapore and Malaysia.

Over the past 5 years, Dortek has invested heavily in specialist machinery across its 3 factories in Ireland, Sweden and Malaysia to improve the speed and precision required when making its doors. It has also grown its product range to include an industrial door division and continued to carry out testing to achieve world class fire certifications across its product portfolio.

Ken Mawer, the groups Operations Director said; “I’m so proud of our achievements in the UK over these past 30 years. The company has grown significantly since it started, Dortek is not just a leader in the UK but a globally renowned brand. Everyone at the company is delighted to be celebrating such a big milestone and we are looking forward to the next!”

Dortek have manufactured over 250,000 door sets since 1968 and completed over 3,000 projects in the last 5 years. The company believes the basis for its success lies in the expertise and experience of its staff members and their commitment to providing the best solution for each and every project. We’d like to thank all our customers, employees and partners for their continued support.

Dortek celebrates 30th anniversary Hull website

The Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center

The Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center will provide critical space for scientists researching cancer, heart disease, neurodegenerative disorders, diabetes, and other critical areas of study. The Perkins+Will design features a curved glass exterior with flexible floor plans for laboratories.

The tower profile references and updates the soaring traditional Gothic buildings on Northwestern’s Chicago campus, presenting a striking profile on the city’s skyline and leading the way for future campus development. With the new research center, the University will create 2,000 new full-time jobs and generate an additional $390 million a year in economic activity in Chicago.

From the outset, Dortek worked alongside the project team to identify key areas that would require specialist molded fiberglass doors. This collaboration allowed the team to use specific design details that Dortek have developed over its time working in world class medical research facilities. Some of these details included: Extended frame backstop – this protects the back edge of a door from heavy rolling loads when opened at 90 degree angle. Dortek’s integral blind system – Inta Vista. This blind incorporates both the blackout function and red tint film needed in behavioral research areas.

These details, along with university specific hardware and design considerations were incorporated into a strong project specification. Dortek worked with Power Construction to coordinate submittals, delivery scheduling, installation and commissioning through a seamless process.

Dortek supplied 147 Molded FRP door sets along with 5 glass sliding doors for this project. FRP fire doors were required in some circumstances, Dortek’s UL 10C rated fire doors allowed the designers to keep aesthetic consistency throughout each area using rated and non rated doors. Stainless Steel frames were utilized on this project as this facility type is known to have heavy racks and carts moving along corridors at regular intervals. The use of stainless frames offers more design flexibility durability over extended periods of time.

Reasons why Dortek Hygienic Doors are specified in Research facilities:

  • Smooth seamless hygienic outer surface
  • Door and frame completely void free – nowhere that moisture and bacteria can gather undetected
  • Ledges minimised (window is same thickness as door, window is completely flush to both sides of the door)
  • Hardware options – hinges, locks and closers can fit virtually any fiberglass door panel.
  • Resistant to the commonly used cleaning and fumigation agents used in research facilities
  • Lightweight yet very strong – increased widths and heights available, all easy to operate
  • High hygiene and fire rating in one door
  • Fire certificated to UL, BS, EN, China, Singapore, Australia and NZ standards.
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