Bucking the downturn

Works visit: The Earl of Wessex, with JELD-WEN's general manager Richard Dolben, centre, and managing director Mike Ward
Works visit: The Earl of Wessex, with JELD-WEN's general manager Richard Dolben, centre, and managing director Mike Ward
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A Sheffield company that has beaten the decline in the construction market had the chance to explain its success in royal fashion when Prince Edward visited JELD-WEN’s Woodhouse Mill works.

The Earl of Wessex toured the factory, which employs 400 people, making tens of thousands of doors each week, which are sold to local authorities, developers and the home improvement market.

Prince Edward saw the company’s latest production line, which incorporates paperless tracking, touchscreen monitoring and a new racking system and JELD-WEN’s advanced timber preservation treatment plant, which enables the firm to offer a 30 year guarantee against fungal rot and decay.

JELD-WEN UK’s managing director, Mike Ward, said: “We are delighted that the Earl of Wessex chose to visit our Sheffield unit to see first hand some of the innovations which are contributing to our success.

“We introduced him to members of our skilled workforce, who play such a vital role in maintaining the consistent high quality of our products.”