Employees clock up 3,166 years of service

LONG HAUL Rixonway employees Nick Greenall, Alan Battye, Richard, Nigel and Clive Whitehouse, Bob Matcham and Russell Townsend.
LONG HAUL Rixonway employees Nick Greenall, Alan Battye, Richard, Nigel and Clive Whitehouse, Bob Matcham and Russell Townsend.

Staff at a Dewsbury manufacturer have notched up more than 3,000 years of service between them.

Rixonway Kitchens, which is the second largest employer in Kirklees, has a workforce of almost 500.

Production operative Bob Matcham has been with the business for nearly 40 years.

Mr Matcham, 68, who joined the firm in 1975, said: “I started as an apprentice woodwork machinist. We never bought anything in that we could make ourselves.

“There used to only be 20 of us and we made everything by hand. I used to make around 30 doors a week and now we make 5,000 a day. “

Staff at the business in Shaw Cross have clocked up a staggering 3,166 years of service between them.

Among them are 23 people who have worked at the firm for 20 years or more.

A further 24 people have worked there for 15 years and 59 others have been with Rixonway for 10 years or more.

Chief executive Paul Rose said: “The satisfaction of staff is incredibly important.

“We strive hard to achieve a secure, comfortable environment for our employees.”