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New chapter in potted history
12:00pm Thursday 13th September 2012 in News
A NEW factory manufacturing plant pots has officially gone into production.
The switch was thrown on the machinery at the Stewart plant in Banbury by broadcaster Pippa Greenwood, pictured, marking the end of a nine-month development project involving 30 local and national contractors.
Stewart took over the huge complex on the Beaumont Industrial Estate earlier this year after deciding to switch its headquarters to the town from Croydon, Surrey.
The move has involved a £3m investment by the firm, which also makes products for the catering and aerospace industries.
More than 70 workers have either transferred or been recruited locally. A further 30 staff will be recruited for seasonal work.
Group chief executive Richard Butler said: “We are delighted to have completed this move.
“The Banbury location is also ideal for distribution and logistics.”
Ms Greenwood said: “It was fantastic to be at the launch knowing that it is going to be producing great products.”
Picture: OX54249 Marc West