Sheffield-based wire joiner company Gripple will open its new industrial complex on November 18 in the presence of the Duke of Edinburgh, who will present the company with its latest Queen’s Award.
The new 12,000 square metre facility – named the Hog Works – will allow Gripple and its resusable packaging sister company Loadhog to increase their production capability in response to strong growth in business. The facility will house a new house a new 1,700 tonne injection moulding machine and will also accommodates the group’s ideas and innovations centre.
Hugh Facey, Gripple chairman, said: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s visit is a great honour for both Gripple and Loadhog. I like to think it acknowledges all that we have achieved in Sheffield. I am sure it will be memorable for everyone on the day, customers, partners, suppliers, special guests and staff alike.
“Both Gripple and Loadhog are bursting at the seams and the new complex will provide 150 per cent more space. The new complex facilitates the growth of our combined business, the expansion of production from both companies and the amalgamation of Loadhog operations under one roof for the first time. Furthermore, our expansion may well lead to the creation of more jobs which is an agreeable prospect for the region.”
Having this year added the Sustainable Development award to its previous accolades in Innovation and in International Trade, Gripple says it is the only SME in the UK to have secured Queen’s Awards in each of the three categories.