During 2013, Jordan Manufacturing commenced a major business improvement campaign.
Senior managers introduced the methods, procedures and working practices that are commonly used in such initiatives and led an employee group through the processes, starting in a specific work area being set up to complete a new contract.
The initiative has been a great success with improvements in both the workplace environment and productivity efficiency. For all the employees taking part, it has also generated a renewed enthusiasm for their work and the products they manufacture, as well as increasing their sense of achievement and satisfaction.
During the process, and in order to further support the drive for Continuous
Improvement within the business, it was decided to enrol 10 employees for an NVQ Diploma Level 2 in Business Improvement. The aim was to further develop learning and to provide accreditation of the work done and achievements.
A training provider was selected and two teams were formed. Each identified and agreed its own project or area for improvement within Jordan Manufacturing. The teams then focused on maximising profits and revenues through the reduction of waste and the creation of flow through the business. At the end of the programme both teams presented their projects and findings to the management team and also to Michael Williams, Managing Director of a key client, Hayward Tyler.
He commented: “Having visited Jordan Manufacturing two years ago, I was impressed with the transformation in the business. The level of involvement from the employees taking part and the quality of their presentations was exemplary.”
Redhall Group plc has announced that Martyn Everett has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Company with effect from 24 September 2014.
Martyn is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has experience both as an executive and non-executive director across a number of sectors including engineering, retail and media. He has particularly strong expertise in the turnaround and restructuring of both public and private businesses.
Paul Kirk, who has been a Non-Executive Director since January 2007, will retire from the Board with effect from 25 September 2014. The Board would like to thank Paul for his considerable contribution to the Group. Following Paul’s retirement, Martyn will be appointed as Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and will be a member of the Audit and Nominations Committees.
David Jackson, Chairman of Redhall commented: “I am delighted to welcome Martyn Everett to the Board. He brings a wealth of experience to Redhall and we look forward to his making a valuable contribution to the business. On behalf of the Board, I would also like to express our gratitude to Paul Kirk for his considerable input to the Company and wish him well for the future.”
The Decommissioning & Waste Management (DWM) Division of Redhall Nuclear has recently relocated its operation to a large, West Cumbrian engineering facility.
The rationale behind the relocation was that the new accommodation would present both a cost saving and an increase in the capability Redhall can offer clients.
Located in Moresby Park, Whitehaven (around 11 miles from Sellafield site and two miles from the previous Redhall Nuclear base at Westlakes Science & Technology Park), the 2,400 square metre facility has a large engineering area along with offices and ample parking. The premises are fully secure with CCTV and alarmed access. The offices include a large board room/conference facility and are fully furnished with full IT networking.
The building, which gives good HGV access to the engineering space via roller shutter doors, is currently being fitted with an electric 5Te overhead crane.
David Howorth, Divisional Director for D&WM at Redhall Nuclear commented: “Increasingly our clients are looking for a ‘one-stop’ capability that includes detailed design, manufacture, off-site testing and installation. This is at its most significant in the higher hazard facilities that are being decommissioned, where an element of testing is expected; either in the form of trial assembly to reduce working times in high dose areas, or for the integration of components prior to installation in high dose areas. The new facility will allow such testing to be carried out, as well as giving sufficient room to house, on a temporary basis, a number of client staff whilst the trials are undertaken.”
All staff and engineering operations previously based at Westlakes have now relocated to Moresby Park.
“The increased accommodation gives Redhall Nuclear the opportunity to expand and grow, as well as enabling us to offer a facility for the temporary storage of equipment prior to installation. Although this would not be its primary purpose, it also gives us the opportunity to carry out fabrication.” David concluded.