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Wren Kitchens opens new £20m manufacturing facility
Wren Kitchens has opened Europe’s largest quartz worktop processing centre, which will create up to 300 new jobs in North Lincolnshire.
The 150,000 sq.ft. Scunthorpe site will cater for the “unprecedented demand” for affordable quartz stone worktops, and will complement Wren’s current quartz manufacturing facility in Barton-upon-Humber.
The independent kitchen specialist has transformed the former DHL facility in Scunthorpe, and in July 2021, it officially began fabricating stone quartz worktops using hi-tech, computerised machinery which has arrived from across the world. The new quartz site will be operating at full capacity by December 2021 and recruitment will continue throughout the year.
Kes Serelis, UK manufacturing operations director at Wren Kitchens, said: “We’ve reinvested back into our business to create this new state-of-the-art facility which is required to cope with our increased demand of fabricating high-quality quartz worktops for our customers across the UK.
“It will create a significant number of manufacturing and support roles for the region such as machine operators, team leaders, compliance officers and managers. It will be the largest quartz fabrication site in Europe, and we will be utilising the most sophisticated machinery in the industry such as robotic CNC saws.”
Wren currently has three manufacturing sites across North Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, this will be its second site in Scunthorpe. It has developed a specialist quartz storage facility at its headquarters in Barton-upon-Humber, as well as five brand-new quartz delivery depots across the UK in Gateshead, Watford, Thurrock, Basingstoke and Exeter.
To deliver the quartz, Wren has its own bespoke double-deck lorries with A-Frames to secure the stone during transit.
In addition, works are progressing on Wren’s new £120m kitchen manufacturing and assembly facility at its headquarters in Barton-upon-Humber – this will create a further 900 new jobs for the region. The 1 million sq.ft. site will open by summer 2022.
Current vacancies for Wren’s new quartz manufacturing site can be found here.