Clearview National November 2015 - Issue 168 - Page 91

movers&shakers A Trio of Support for Independent Trade Counter »»The UK’s largest independent trade counter network, National Plastics, has plans to open 17 new stores by the end of 2017, bringing its total number of stores to 50 and has appointed three regional operations managers, Bradley Edmonds, Simon Edmonds and Alex Linnell, to help manage the growth. National Plastics’ Managing Director, Geoff Foster, said: “As we continue to expand it’s important that our infrastructure grows with us so we can continue to offer exceptional service to our customers. Our regional operations managers form a vital part of that infrastructure and we’re delighted to welcome Bradley, Simon and Alex to the team.” Bradley Edmonds, who is Regional Operations Manager for the North and Midlands, joined the company in February. Simon Edmonds, who covers the South West, joined in August. Alex Linnell, who covers the South, joined in July. All three have extensive experience in large chain environments Halford, Screwfix and Argos. Bradley commented: “The Company is very ambitious and has exciting plans but at the same time we’re encouraged to think outside the box and to run with our own ideas – it’s a very refreshing approach.” Visit www.nationalplastics. co.uk or email info@ nationalplastics.co.uk New Role Created to Handle Surge in Demand »»Surging growth in demand from customers, coupled with a major product development drive during 2015 has led to the creation of a new management role at KAT. Since the beginning of 2015, KAT has introduced four new products to compliment the existing range of bespoke windows and doors. Gary Mullin joins the team as purchasing manager, based at the Company’s Macclesfield head office. Gary brings a wealth of experience, with over 20 years experience. Gary said: “I have known David Richards, Chairman at KAT since 1998, and have always found KAT to be an innovative and vibrant manufacturing company. I am delighted to be joining the company at a time when new products have recently been launched.” KAT has four manufacturing facilities; Macclesfield, Hazel Grove and Newhaven. With a dedicated fleet of vehicles comprising five large 8.5 tonne FAME vehicles and three small fleet vehicles, it caters for b oth local and national distribution. Whether a need for bi-fold doors patio doors, residential entrance doors, box sash windows, flush casement windows or lantern roofs - KAT offer a bespoke ‘Life Engineered’ solution. Call 016125 439666 or email enquiries@katuk.co.uk World Class Operations »»Phoenix Doors has recruited Karen Sandford as Operations Manager to oversee production at the company’s two PVCu door panel and composite door manufacturing sites. Karen brings more than 30 years’ broad manufacturing experience to her new position, including a recent similar executive role in the security and fire doors sector. Her key responsibilities include planning and implementing process improvements to align with MASCO UK Window Group policy, ensuring that the business continues to move forward offering the best up-to-date quality products delivered on time, every time. Commenting on her role, Karen says: “I’m relishing this new challenge and we’re starting to see improvements already. As we continue to increase efficiency and further enhance our operations, Phoenix has the potential to become a World Class Manufacturing company. Achieving this status is the long-term goal.” Says Haydon Statham, Phoenix Doors’ Sales Director: “Having grown at phenomenal speed this year, we’re getting smoother and slicker. Karen’s manufacturing knowledge, expertise and approach is already making a positive difference to our production schedules and customer deliveries.” Call 01487 740469, email info@phoenixdoorpanels.co.uk or visit www.phoenixdoorpanels.co.uk C L E A RV I E W-U K . C O M » N OV 2015 » 91