A CONSTRUCTION firm is celebrating one hundred years of trading this year.

T J Evers based in Tiptree was started by carpenter and joiner Thomas James Evers in 1918.

Mr Evers spent his time during the First World War building reconnaissance aircraft.

After the war he worked to establish the company in the housebuilding field.

The company has since grown into a full-service construction firm with more than 100 employees and has had four generations of the Evers family at the helm.

The firm focuses on brining in young talent.

Director Steve Ewers said: “T J Evers has always worked towards changing the sometime poor perception of the industry and we will continue to work with the youth of today – both boys and girls - in order to encourage them to pursue a career in construction.”

The founder’s great-grandson Alan Evers, said: “We are proud to be celebrating this amazing milestone of reaching 100 years.

“T J Evers prides itself on its work ethics being focused on the future and motivated to provide great opportunities for all staff.

“We have invested in our infrastructure, encourage promotion from within and support many apprentices and degree students.”

The company hosted a corporate party in June for 250 guests and a staff party in October at Braxted Park.

The company has carried out building work across East Anglia including constructing Wickham Bishops Village Hall and being awarded a contract for a commercial office unit in Braintree.