PROUDLY displaying its new TEK Group branding, the official opening of the TEK Group factory in Rearsby took place on Wednesday 25th May by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire Jennifer, Lady Gretton, JP.
TEK Group, whose headquarters are based in Kingstanding Way, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, includes three businesses: TEK Seating Ltd, TEK Military Seating LLP and SitSmart. With the military side growing at a fast pace and more manufacturing capacity required, it was decided that the existing premises in Melton Mowbray had to give way to a bigger purpose built facility in the more rural location of Rearsby Industrial Estate, some five miles away.
Customers and suppliers alike, across all three companies, gathered for a drinks reception before CEO Paul Fleming welcomed everybody, offering some background information on how the company had got to this point and a glimpse into its future plans. “This new facility marks the next very important stage in the growth of TEK Group and its 45 year history”, he commented. “Along with its dedicated staff, it will allow us to reach our full potential, with ample room for planned expansion and additional production in the next 12 months.”
Paul then passed over to Lady Gretton to officially open the factory with the cutting of a ribbon and revealing a wall plaque to mark the occasion. She was very impressed and supportive of the new factory as it was bringing employment into the area and was pleased to see that small to medium companies were taking the initiative to help boost both the local and national economies commenting, “SMEs such as TEK Group are well and truly at the forefront of innovation and technology.”
Small escorted groups were then shown around the fully operating15,000sq ft facility, followed by lunch and an opportunity to ask questions and network.
This secure site is now better placed to host customer visits as there are meeting rooms and a product display area. Staff numbers have been boosted to further support the increased production demands for the manufacture of both seating and complementary products.
The factory will greatly increase TEK’s production capacity, enabling it to manage high volume production with increased efficiency for both TEK Seating and TEK Military whilst expanding its design and development capability, as well as implementing its quality systems and procedures.
Paul said, “This move represents a major investment in our company, allowing us to grow our global business and open new markets while bringing, in-house, some out-sourced production which will enable us to become even more competitive.”
Picture: Lady Gretton cutting the ribbon with TEK Group CEO Paul Fleming