Caroline Flint has highlighted her “Made in Doncaster” campaign in support of local manufacturers when she visited W Hallam Castings Ltd in Thorne.
Caroline was given a tour of the factory, by Operations Manager, Colin Woodruff.
Said Caroline: “W Hallam Castings has a very special place in the world of manufacturing, producing high quality aluminium products from high pressure casting. I saw products being made for ventilation systems, car engines, computers and kitchens, all in the space of one visit. Three quarters of these products, made here in Thorne, are exported , particularly to Europe.
HERE ARE THREE WE MADE EARLIER: Caroline gets a lesson in learning finishing off a product from Liz Johnson (left) and Jackie Taylor (right). Here showing off their handy work.
“I’m very keen that the Government, our Local Enterprise Partnership and our colleges support local firms like Hallam castings – firms that can grow British production and offer quality jobs. Hallam Castings has been in business for over 45 years, and with the right support it will still be here 45 years time. We should shout about local manufacturing firms – and be proud to say ‘Look at this, it’s made in Doncaster’.”
Said Managing Director, Rob Pickersgill: “We were delighted to show Caroline how we make things at W Hallam Castings, and we’re very proud that three quarters of our products are exported all over the world. Caroline was keen to understand what support firms in our sector need with skills and training, exporting and investment to help us create new jobs here in Thorne.”
The Don Valley MP believes that Doncaster should promote its manufacturing. The MP has backed expansion plans for W Hallam Castings, Omega plc and New Era in Thorne, and has supported a number of seminars aimed at firms that want to build their export markets.
MADE IN DONCASTER: Caroline with Operations Manager Colin Woodruff with a computer arm and an egg halo, both designed and manufactured at W Hallam castings.