Skar Precision Mouldings in Hadleigh marks 50 years in the industry
A Hadleigh company specialising in plastic mouldings is celebrating 50 years in business.
Skar Precision Moulding at Lady Lane Industrial Estate make a range of injection moulded plastic parts from medical equipment to toy aeroplane propellers and brochure holders.
The company which employs 80 people boasts a low staff turnover with many staff working at Skar for more than 10 years.
Karen Grant, managing director, said one of the reasons behind Skar’s success is the commitment of its workforce, including four members of the management team who have a total of more than 80 years service.
She said: “We are incredibly proud to reach 50 years in business. Our management team of four people has played a part in the growth of Skar. We have all been here for more than 20 years so we have all grown up in the business.
“And we couldn’t have done it without our loyal and committed staff and customers.”
The company which operates more than 30 machines from 25 to 450 tonnes is planning ahead with state-of-the-art machines and a new metrology lab.
It also secured two new contracts at the end of last year.
Patrick Hill, quality director, said the firm had made its name by listening to its customers and never standing still.
“When I joined 22 years ago it was a typical mould shop with a range of products. But we wanted to get more into precision moulding and become more specialist.
“Our turnover of staff has also been quite low. Most of our staff have been with us for more than 10 years and we look at ourselves as a big family.”
Based in Hadleigh since it was founded in 1969 by Sidney Kibble and Arthur Reeve, whose initials form the company name, it has stayed loyal to the town.
Karen added: “We have remained in Hadleigh and Suffolk in general because it has always been a great location for us.
“We are proud of our Suffolk heritage and the impact we have made in our local economy by employing so many people from the Hadleigh area during our 50 years.”
For more see www.skar.co.uk