Employees clock up 3,166 years of service

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

Tuesday, 9th September 2014, 7:00 am
LONG HAUL Rixonway employees Nick Greenall, Alan Battye, Richard, Nigel and Clive Whitehouse, Bob Matcham and Russell Townsend.

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.”