HRH The Duke of Edinburgh opens new Loadhog factory
November 18th 2010 was another momentous day for the Gripple family. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh officially opened the Hog Works - the new Sheffield home of our sister company and reusable packaging innovator, Loadhog, which completes our latest ambitious expansion programme. The Duke, who also presented Gripple with Queen's Award for Sustainable Development, remarked that he was delighted to be a guest at such a successful company and wished everyone a Happy Christmas.
Following comprehensive redevelopment to restore the 12,000 sq m building to its former glory, the new Hog Works provides 250 per cent more space, bringing together Loadhog's administrative, production and hi-tech washing activities, as well as housing an additional new 1,700 tonne injection moulding machine. The facility also incorporates the group's Ideas & Innovations Centre, which includes the I&I incubator, Incub.
Hugh Facey, Gripple chairman, said: "The Duke of Edinburgh's visit was a tremendous honour for both companies. I think it acknowledges all that we have achieved in Sheffield, and the acquisition of even more awards truly reflects the tremendous effort and commitment of our employees. I am certain that everyone present on this memorable day - customers, partners, suppliers, special guests and staff alike - will remember it for many years to come."
On the same day, Gripple was presented with The Phillip Baxendale Award by the Employee Ownership Association, for promoting an employee ownership culture, in addition to The Best People and Skills prize in the Manufacturer of the Year Awards, recognising the company's commitment to its staff and to their development.