Caroline Flint has welcomed the completion of over £1million of investment by leading kitchen manufacturers, Omega PLC in Thorne. The MP visited the factory to see the new state of the art paint shop.
Ms Flint toured the factory and even had a lesson in how to pack orders.
HANDS ON: Caroline Flint on the Line, making up orders for customers, with Omega staff.
Said Caroline: “Omega’s Thorne site is very impressive. They have decided to tackle the depressed economic situation by upping their game, investing in modern manufacturing and creating 16 new jobs in the process. Their manufacturing and distribution now employs 300 people and they are overwhelmingly local people.
“The new paint shop is extraordinary, but even with laser-guided painting, Omega still needs skilled people to do hand painting to some units. You only have to see Omega’s factory to see that Made in Britain still means something – they design, create and finish great kitchens and use a range of skills, from computer-led design to packing. It was great to discuss how kitchen’s are designed, built and shipped with staff.
“Omega’s investment is a real vote of confidence in Thorne and a vote of confidence in Doncaster.”
Said Omega CEO Peter Walker: “Caroline’s visit was really appreciated by our staff. She is genuinely interested in the manufacturing process, in our recruitment, in talking to staff and taking her time to get to know our business and what it means to Doncaster. Caroline is concerned about seeing new jobs and growth come to places like Thorne, and Doncaster generally, and she knows that we are managing to create jobs during a really tough period.”
Caroline Flint examined finished kitchen panels with Garry Bratton, Paint Shop Supervisor.
More photos of Caroline at Omega