United divides this weekend
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• Caldaire subsidiary United Automobile of Darlington splits into two operating companies this weekend as part of a streamlining programme.
Tees & District will be based at Middlesborough, covering operations in Cleveland and the Yorkshire coast, and United will be responsible for services in County Durham and North Yorkshire.
Two new managing directors have been appointed. Barry Connor, former CVE Engineering director takes on Tees & District, and Andrew Guest., UA operations manager, takes over the remainder of United.
Mike Widmer, United Automobile's former managing director, heads up a new parent company, Caldaire North East, which will provide financial and heavy engineering support to the two subsidiaries. LI Caldaire Holdings and Redring Investments, plan to redevelop the old bus station at Ripon, North Yorkshire, incorporating 1,500m2 of retail space.