“The end of an era has come for Phoenix County Metals as the long standing Managing Director, Paul Johnson retired at Christmas, handing over the reins to his daughter, Jo Johnson and niece, Lucy Tee, keeping the family tie very much alive.
Paul retires after more than 38 years with the Northamptonshire based precious metal recovery specialist, having begun his career with the company as a production technician before working his way up to Managing Director.
Jo and Lucy joined Phoenix back in 2010 and have since been working their way throughout the various departments of the business. Lucy said, “It has certainly been a sharp learning curve for Jo and myself, but one that has been enjoyable as well as challenging. We are both extremely optimistic about the future and welcome the opportunity to take the company forward”.
From their base at Woodford Halse, Phoenix has evolved over the years from predominantly serving the Electroplating Industry to recovering precious metals from a variety of sources on behalf of the Aerospace, Electronics, Jewellery, Ceramics and Scrap Metal Recycling industries.
Gaining ISO 9001 and 14001 along the way, they have also installed their own fully equipped laboratory enabling them to conduct prompt in-house analysis.
After a celebratory lunch enjoyed by all the Staff at the Northampton Saints –vs- Leicester Tigers match, former Managing Director, Paul Johnson said “I am immensely proud of my time at Phoenix, and delighted that Jo and Lucy will be taking the business forward. I would especially like to thank the staff at Phoenix for their support and commitment, all of whom have been with the Company for many years. They should also be proud of their achievements in making the company so successful”. He added “I would like to wish everyone the very best for the future. I intend to relax and enjoy my free time knowing that I am leaving the Company in very capable hands”.
Paul is pictured receiving a commemorative jersey from Saints player James Craig.”