Established in 1932 by William Spooner to make drying machines for the local textile industry, this company, based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, now makes ovens, dryers, coolers and pollution abatement equipment for the paper, metals, plastics and food preparation sectors. Australasia, Europe and Africa are significant export markets and Spooner Industries has offices in America and China. Under managing director Michael Brook, 53, international sales reached £20.7m in 2013.
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