Lean times for furniture specialists

Lean times for furniture specialists

DEWSBURY MP Simon Reevell has visited the headquarters specialist care furniture manufacturer Shackletons as they continue to increase their market share throughout the UK.

The firm welcomed the Tory MP to its base on Weaving Lane in Dewsbury to share how their lean manufacturing systems and research and development division are helping them compete for business in the care sector.

Mr Reevell toured the facility with operations manager Michael Bentley and learned about the company’s innovations in production line management and product design.

He also had the opportunity to speak to some of the most skilled and experienced furniture craftsmen in the country.

Mr Reevell said: “I very much enjoyed my visit to the factory. It was so interesting to see a company like Shackletons, well known for its long-standing reputation for traditional furniture-making and values, meeting the challenges of business in the 21st century.

“I was particularly impressed by how the skilled workforce has adapted to modern production techniques.

“The current expansion is a great success story, not only for the company itself, but also for the regional economy and the local population from which it recruits its workforce.”

Shackletons managing director Martyn Higgins added: “We were very eager to demonstrate to Mr Reevell how our company is setting a national standard.

“It was a huge compliment when he likened our operations to those of Nissan and serves to confirm our belief that lean manufacturing should play a key role in a business like ours.”

Shackletons have been in the furniture business for more than 50 years and are the UK’s leading provider of specialist furniture.

They employ 70 people over two sites; one the manufacturing and operations site on Weaving Lane in Dewsbury and the other a retail site on Bradford Road in Batley.

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