At the heart of the investment sits the installation of new machinery, used for cutting treads for WernerCo’s leading fibreglass stepladders, stiles for box section extension ladders and BoSS access tower components.
Nick Platt, EMEA VP Operations, said: “WernerCo has production facilities all over the world, and it’s been great to see the investment in manufacturing in our UK business.
“We are looking forward to seeing the results of the investments and improvements at Maldon in terms of quality, speed and efficiency at the plant.
“We’re also investing in global operations, like Vietnam, where we have just installed a new $5m aluminium extrusion machine, predominantly to supply ladders for the UK market.”
To support the overall improvements in operational efficiency at the Maldon plant, over 25,000 sq ft of storage buildings have been added for component storage, including a 10,000 sq ft dedicated extrusion store.
In November, WernerCo opened a new National Distribution Centre in Burton Upon Trent, which saw the move of finished ladders from Maldon and Belper.
This new centrally located facility provides distribution and collection facilities to WernerCo’s UK customer base.
As a result, over 36,000 sq ft of production floor in Maldon has now been relayed to optimise production efficiency and to absorb the volume from the Belper closure on course for later this year.