Wednesday, August 25, 2010

News: JELD-WEN creates jobs in Rotherham


One of the UK's largest door manufacturers, JELD-WEN has completed an extension to their factory in Rotherham which has created 30 new jobs.

The company, which manufactures timber doors for local authorities, developers and the home improvement market, has already secured a major new contract for the supply of over 2,500 boarded and hemlock doors every week, which will be manufactured in the new factory for the UK market.

The newly extended factory, on the Sheffield border at Woodhouse Mill, includes a brand new production line that incorporates paperless tracking via touch screen monitoring, plus a new racking system, both of which optimise manufacturing efficiency.

The company has also invested in an advanced timber preservative treatment plant, where all timber doors will be coated to ensure an enhanced lifespan before being delivered to customers. This ensures that JELD-WEN does not have to rely on outside suppliers to complete this important part of the production process and can therefore be even more responsive to customers.

The new factory layout is compatible with lean management, as part of ensuring JELD-WEN is able to minimise overheads and offset raw material price rises in an effort to provide customers with real value for money.

Richard Dolben, co-ordinating general manager at JELD-WEN said: "The investment is part of our ambitious expansion plans and demonstrates our commitment to UK manufacturing. Our aim is to build on our reputation for offering the very highest quality and performance door products produced in the UK.

"We have employed a number of skilled craftsmen, but we have also invested in an intensive training programme for many of the new staff to ensure we can build on our reputation for manufacturing high quality timber doors. We are looking forward to further developing this side of our doors business."

The factory at has been established for over 80 years and employs around 300 staff over 52 acres. JELD-WEN, a private company with its headquarters in the US, took over operations in 1999.

JELD-WEN website


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