Linked Factory Venture Now Open.
Tuesday, 19th November 2002.
TWO Haverhill companies have jointly launched their brand new linked factories on the Home-field Business Park.
Printwise and the HID Corporation officially opened their new premises on the 10 acre site, being developed by LEA Investments, which is now growing rapidly
Printwise employ 18 staff and has beer based in Haverhill since 1983. The purpose-built new factory was needed in order to install new and upgrade equipment to in crease capacity and retain its position as leading lithographic printers.
HID Corporation makes door security systems and was established In Haverhill in 1999, formerly based at listed Cleves House, its European headquarters.
It now employs 28 people and is part of the US giant Assa Abloy group, which owns Yale and Chubb locks.
Managing Director Spencer Hall said the idea of a joint factory came up after discussions with Printwise Managing Director Terry McGerty, who had done some printing work for HID.
“We wanted to stay in Haverhill and we like the location as it has particularly good road links and access to Stansted Airport.
“We have plenty of space here, but we are very optimistic positive thinkers and we don’t expect it to be empty space for much longer,” Mr. Hall said.
Terry McGerty said his company also wanted to stay in Haverhill, where its success and development had been largely due to devoted staff, most of who had been employed for more than 10 years.
Nick Martin, Economic Development Officer for St Edmundsbury Borough Council, told guests at the opening that Haverhill was finally realizing its potential and being taken much more seriously than it was five or 10 years ago.
“There is a real buzz about Haverhill at the moment with companies like Genzyme and Wisdom. The town has been absolutely transformed in the past five years. Haverhill is really making its mark, not just locally but regionally and even further,” Mr. Martin said.
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