Tuesday, February 24, 2015

News: New £4m production facility for JELD-WEN

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JELD-WEN, the leading manufacturing company has invested almost £4m in its Woodhouse Mill production facilities to meet increased product demand.

JELD-WEN is one of the world's leading manufacturers and distributors of quality timber windows, external and internal doors, patio doors and stairs. The Retford Road site, which is one of the biggest employers in the area with over 400 members of staff, operates as the UK head office and also houses a door manufacturing site - producing almost two million doors per year for UK distribution.

Sir Kevin Barron, the MP for the Rother Valley, was on hand to officially open the new facility as the factory sits within in his constituency, and in the Rotherham borough.

The MP was given a tour of the factory by managing director, Mike Ward and Richard Dolben, general manager for the site, meeting members of the workforce, visiting the new welfare facilities and enjoying a demonstration of the equipment that is vital to producing the business' premium timber doors.

The manufacturer has enjoyed sales growth during 2014 and has met the increased product demand by investing almost £4m in its production facilities. A new veneer line has been installed in addition to state-of-the-art packaging equipment and a £3m hot-press line to give a competitive advantage with cutting-edge manufacturing processes.

JELD-WEN has also invested heavily in the welfare of its workforce by upgrading its canteen and changing rooms. While health and safety for workers remains a priority, JELD-WEN is also keen to develop its staff, bringing in continuous improvement managers to support workers and a "lean" manufacturing philosophy to maximise productivity and minimise waste.

Mike Ward, managing director at JELD-WEN (pictured, centre), said: "We're proud to be one of the biggest employers in Sheffield and are keen to invest in our people to help our business to thrive. The last few years of the recession have taken their toll on the construction industry but we have enjoyed a strong 2014 and the industry forecast for 2015 looks positive.

"The investments in our people and production facility mark a new chapter as we look to meet demand and cement our position as a leading and innovative manufacturer of premium doors."

JELD-WEN has its global headquarters in Oregan, USA and has approximately 20,000 employees across more than 100 locations in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia, with an estimated $3.5 billion in revenues. In the UK, JELD-WEN has approximately 1,200 staff across five sites that produce and distribute doors, windows, patio doors and stairs.

JELD-WEN website

Images: JELD-WEN

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