Book created for catering equipment stalwart

Eddie Moffat has been presented with a special leather-bound copy of industry memoirs he first began writing in the 1960s.

CESA’s Nick Oryino and Keith Warren travelled to the company’s Bonnybridge HQ in Scotland to personally present the book, titled “The History of Moffat”, in recognition of his contribution to the catering equipment sector.

Moffat is a past recipient of CESA’s Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award and chairman, Nick Oryino, said the creation of the book was further acknowledgement of just how much he has given to the catering industry.

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“In these forward-looking times it is also important to remember where we came from,” said Oryino. “Eddie built Moffat up from scratch to be a world-class exporter, as well as a leading supplier in the domestic market.”

Moffat set up E&R Moffat in 1963 and began keeping memoirs of his experiences in the industry, capturing the state of the market and industrial conditions of the time.

CESA combined these notes, which it says were typed up on an old manual typewriter and provide an “important record and insight into the early years of the catering manufacturing industry”, with photographs that Moffat also took to produce a lasting record.

Moffat left school in 1939, aged 14, and began an apprenticeship as a sheet metal worker with Smith and Wellstood. He served as a telegraphist and air gunner in the Fleet Air Arm in WWII, but always had ambitions to start his own business.

With help from his brother Reid (the ‘R’ in ER Moffat), he went about using his fabrication skills to set up E&R Moffat and the rest is history.

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