Warewashing manufacturer Classeq has committed to a long-term future in Britain with the opening of a specially designed factory in Stafford.
Since starting production in the UK in 1977 Classeq has grown its business across foodservice markets supplying, pubs, restaurants, hotels, cafes, and catering operators with a range of warewashers for crockery and glasses.
The new factory has the capacity to produce up to 16,000 warewashers a year, and now has the facility for long-term growth. The company employs over 50 people in the UK with around 40 jobs in Stafford. The new site also has a show room facility where customers can see and experience the products first hand.
Commenting on the investment into the UK and the opening of the new facility today, managing director David Smithson, said: “This is an incredibly exciting move in Classeq’s growth, and underpins our 100% commitment to our manufacturing future in the UK.
“In a category where most white goods are manufactured overseas – we are proud to be investing in Britain and demonstrating that we can produce high quality machines that offer great value for money, and remain highly competitive in today’s market”.
To celebrate the opening, Classeq’s technical director, Gary Jones cycled 1,400 kilometres from Stafford to Meckenbeuren on Lake Constance in Germany to deliver the factory’s door key to Classeq’s international headquarters where he presented the key to Jürgen and Ralph Winterhalter, where the company’s employees turned out to welcome him.