Elizabeth Truss MP Opens New GlassGuard® Warehouse
- Published: Thursday, 20 March 2014 15:28
Fragment retention lamp specialist GlassGuard®, has celebrated the opening of a new warehouse at its current site in Thetford. Elizabeth Truss, Member of Parliament for South West Norfolk officially opened the 10,000 square feet warehouse by cutting the ribbon with the directors of GlassGuard®.
Adjacent to GlassGuard®’s existing factory the new warehouse was acquired in 2013 and has been refurbished extensively. It will house GlassGuard®’s logistics and distribution operations.
Following the replacement of all skylights, 35 GlassGuard® SB luminaires with LumaStat® Daylight Sensor Control were installed. The PIR motion control and daylight harvesting features of the luminaires means that energy wastage is minimised thus delivering significant energy and financial savings.
11 bays of pallet racking were fitted and a kanban system introduced as part of GlassGuard®’s continuous improvement and lean manufacturing programme.
A new reach truck was acquired for dedicated use in the new warehouse. To ensure workplace transport safety, separate vehicle and pedestrian doors were installed between the factory and warehouse with a pedestrian walkway marked out.
Despite the difficult economic climate of recent years, GlassGuard® has seen its export sales grow by over 34 percent during 2013. With wider geographical distribution and increased sales, its expansion and success saw the business recognised as a Finalist in the 2013 Eastern Daily Press Business Awards.
GlassGuard® CEO David Payne said: “Our new warehouse is evidence of our continued success. We are proud to be a leading business in the region, making significant contributions to the local economy and local employment. The manufacturing and distribution efficiencies that we have put in place enable us to compete competently and successfully on the world stage”.
Elizabeth Truss MP, said: “I was delighted to open the new GlassGuard® warehouse in Thetford. The extensive range of fragment retention coatings is incredibly impressive and with sales growth of over 34 percent in the last year, the company is going from strength to strength. The staff showed great enthusiasm for the company’s product, giving a well informed and detailed tour of the facility; the new warehouse will certainly provide many opportunities for further expansion”.
Image above: from left to right; GlassGuard® Financial Director Michael Graham-Cloete, MP for South West Norfolk Elizabeth Truss, GlassGuard® CEO David Payne and Sales Director, Chris Payne