Monday, September 10, 2012

News: Beatson Clark showcases Rotherham manufacturing to royal visitor


Glass manufacturer Beatson Clark welcomed a royal visitor to its plant in Rotherham last week.

Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO, toured the Greasborough Road factory to see £10m of recent investments, including a new white flint furnace, and had lunch with some of the company's directors.

He signed the visitors' book and unveiled a plaque to commemorate his visit before managing director Tony McLoughlin presented the Duke with a special bottle of beer in one of Beatson Clark's new lightweight amber beer bottles.

Lynn Sidebottom, sales and marketing director at Beatson Clark, said: "It was a great honour for us to welcome the Duke to our factory and he seemed to enjoy finding out how the glass process works."

The £44m-turnover firm employs over 300 people and celebrated its 260th anniversary last year. They specialise in providing glass packaging solutions for niche brands in the food, drink and pharmaceutical markets worldwide and manufacture glass containers for a wide range of household brands, including Crabbie's, Bell's Buttercup, Lyle's Golden Syrup and Lemsip.

The site has a production capacity of approximately 496 million units or 88,000 tonnes.

The Queen's cousin also visited the Rotherham Hospice and along with the Duchess of Gloucester, enjoyed a garden party at Clifton Park and visited the headquarters of children's charity, Safe@Last and the Lifewise Centre, the interactive learning centre based at Hellaby and run by South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

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