A PENISTONE precision engineering firm has seen its turnover triple over 20 years after the company was destroyed in a fire.

Erodatools has spent £500,000 on six new precision cutting machines in the past two years. It now has 23 machines to meet the demand for its highly specialised services.

The company, whose past clients include Rolls Royce and BAE Systems, was set up 42 years ago by brothers Ken and Tony Rolfe.

In 1990 the company was destroyed by fire and lost its premises and all of its machinery.

Managing director Ken Rolfe said: “The fire raised our building to the ground and it was really traumatic for everyone involved. It had a massive impact on our business at the time.

“Despite the set-back we managed to rebuild the company and, even in the current economic climate, we have tripled our turnover in the past five years.”