New factory, new press, new faces, new challenges...
David Leaney, Wolf Systems Managing Director pauses for breath after a very busy 2015 and reveals how the company is geared up for the challenges 2016 holds.
“As we get ready to embrace what 2016 will bring, some of us are still catching our breath from last year! 2015 was incredibly busy for Wolf Systems – in fact, the busiest in our 28 year history. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this achievement.
Wolf Germany start work on site
“We’re pleased to report a successful year for many of our customers too. More easi-joists® were purchased in 2015 than any other year, with sales up on our previous best, 2014. Greater numbers of customers are buying easi-joist® and in much larger quantities than before. We’re delighted with how this side of the business is developing and our customers tell us that they expect their business levels to continue increasing for the foreseeable future.
“Due to increased business you may recall we installed an additional easi-joist® web press in the middle of 2015 and the construction began on a new building to span between our nailplate and easi-joist® factories. The building is scheduled for completion in February and progress has been swift, thanks to the efforts of our colleagues at Wolf Systems in Germany who designed and constructed it in record time.
In just 3 days the building’s framework is complete
“The new building will bring our total factory, warehouse and office space to 33,000 sq feet at our Coventry site.
“With such a productive year, it has also been necessary to strengthen our teams. Just like so many of our customers, we have needed to increase our design capacity and have appointed two new Trainee Designers, Richard Goalby and Craig Auden. Both are recent graduates; Richard from Coventry University and Craig from Sheffield University.
“We are also pleased to welcome Richard Herrtage to our customer support department. An experienced construction professional and qualified Building Surveyor, Richard will work with the Horizon project lead, Wayne Methven, in delivering our Revit® based timber frame software to existing and new customers.
“In addition, Adam Hewins joins us as Operations Manager. Although new to the nailplate industry, Adam’s previous experience as Production Manager at construction equipment manufacturer, Caterpillar will prove invaluable as we introduce new processes to drive further quality and efficiency improvements across our manufacturing.
“And while easi-joist® may have grabbed the headlines in 2015, nailplate production has increased as well – so much so that we have added an extra shift in our nailplate factory, and welcomed on board two new Packers, Rachel Adams and Lorrain Cotton for what we anticipate will be another very busy year.
“2016... bring it on!”
New employees left to right Adam Hewins, Rachel Adams, Lorrain Cotton, Richard Goalby, Craig Auden and Richard Herrtage