Manufacturing

What More UK set to build huge new factory as part of £20m investment

Monday 25 January 2021, 10:34 AM

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What More UK is set to build a brand new 200,000 sq. ft. factory adjacent to its existing site in Altham as part of a £20 million investment plan.

What More UK is the UK’s leading manufacturers of plastic housewares. Its British made products include household storage, bakeware, DIY toolboxes, organizers, garden pots, pet care, food storage and wooden brushes, all under the brand name Wham®.

The proposed building, which is currently awaiting planning permission, will increase the What More’s overall floor space by around 40%. Three quarters of the new development will be given over to manufacturing capacity. This will also require a similar increase in staffing levels.

Miles Parkinson OBE, leader of Hyndburn Borough Council, commented:

“We welcome this development from What More UK. They’re one of the top employers in Hyndburn and we’re proud to have such a progressive company here on our doorstep. They’ve made a great contribution to the local economy and with this latest piece of news it looks set to grow in the future.”

What More UK Company Director Tony Grimshaw OBE, explained:

“At What More we never stay still. We’re always trying to keep one step ahead of the competition, and the way to do that is through continual investment in machines, estate, and people.”

The new building project is part of a £20m investment programme including 13 new injection moulding machines, 5 of which have already arrived at What More’s existing factory with a further 8 scheduled for delivering in the coming months.

Antony Higginbotham, MP for Burnley, commented:

“I welcome the news that What More UK is investing in a new factory in Pennine Lancashire, the traditional heartland of British Manufacturing. Companies like What More UK prove that manufacturing is alive and well in the UK, and continuing to offer quality employment in Burnley, Padiham and surrounding areas.”

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