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Guests of honour to attend official opening of benchmark facility

News 600x300px.jpgJ A Harrison will unveil its new hi-tech production facility to a cast of dignitaries, industry executives and media on November 10th 2017.

The £2.8m benchmark installation, designed to earn the company accreditation to supply gaskets and seals to the world’s most heavily regulated industries, will be revealed at a celebratory business brunch on the November 10th Open Day.

Staff, customers and suppliers will be joined by The Worshipful The Mayor of Oldham Metropolitan Borough, the Leader of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, representatives from the Department of International Trade, Business Growth Hub and the Bank of England for a tour of the facility, champagne buffet and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque.

The tour will show them a new scientific facility conceived to create the world’s most advanced-design gaskets and seals. Its 38,000sqft design incorporates state-of-the-art computerised industrial presses, lathes, ovens and cyber-safe security systems that will enable J A Harrison to work on the world’s most guarded defence, aerospace, rail and automotive projects.

Enhanced handling, packaging, storage, cleaning, waste control and review processes are also in place to ensure a supply of uncontaminated products to petrochemical, water treatment, pharmaceutical and food processing companies.

Managing director Keith Shepherd explained: “We’re looking forward to a memorable morning. It will be a privilege to show off our new production facility.

“It is a flagship installation for the gasket and seals industry and gives us a platform to significantly increase turnover within the next five years. It secures the future of the company.”

The company’s move to Oldham is not without some poignancy for the Shepherd family. The central Manchester business we bought in 1940, after working within it for 20 years, is now in the exact location where three generations of our family grew up.

Keith added: “While this represents a moment of great pride for us, the move has also been made deliberately to contribute to the fortunes of our home town. We wanted to bring 70 plus people to the area to spend their money here and we hope to add 25 more members of staff in the next five years.”

The official opening will also acknowledge the launch of an apprenticeship scheme and the rebranding of J A Harrison to appeal more directly to overseas users of it products.