International firm is happy at home

By Rob George Friday 22 February 2013 Updated: 22/02 11:10

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Coun Anne Taft (centre) is welcomed to Reddiplex by Charles and Janet Dawson. (s)

DROITWICH mayor Coun Anne Taft has embarked on the latest in a series of visits to discover the beating heart of manufacturing in the town.

The respected councillor hopes to use her visits to highlight the importance of manufacturing and raise the profile of the companies who have chosen the Spa as their home.

This week, Coun Taft shares her experiences of her visit to Reddiplex on the Berry Hill Industrial Estate.

ON ARRIVAL at Reddiplex I was warmly greeted by Charles and Janet Dawson who firstly introduced me to the rest of their team.

I was amazed to see Reddiplex had four large units on the estate to allow them to produce samples of plastic extrusions, glass office room dividers and plaque stands of various sizes and shapes.

It was very interesting to see they also make cafe barriers which you see outside restaurants to section off the eating area on the pavements.

I was also able to see how the items were produced and put together for distribution and discovered Reddiplex even have their own distribution warehouse too.

Reddiplex are experienced exporters and their around 25 per cent of their total sales come from exports to central Europe, eastern Europe, the Middle East and Far East.

During my tour I learned more about the business and how it is privately owned by Charles and Janet who started their factory in Redditch but moved to Droitwich when the Berry Hill Industrial Estate first opened.

Charles told me they were attracted to Droitwich by the terms being offered at the time but also because of the town’s excellent motorway links which helps them ship products to locations across the UK overnight.

The business grew to such an extent that after purchasing the first site, they brought three further units from Wychavon

District Council.

Reddiplex now employ around 130 people, with the majority from Droitwich and the surrounding local areas. It was pleasing to hear how a large proportion of the workers had been with the company for a number of years.

I was delighted to see they have managed to survive despite the economic climate and as Janet pointed out, because their work is varied, if there is a slack period in one project the others make up for the shortfall.

My thanks go to Charles and Janet Dawson for a very interesting and enlightening visit and I wish them continued success.

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