Suppliers and customers joined WJ Group in their celebrations on September 24th as Lord Haskins marked the opening of the new timber treatment facilities in Hull.
WJ Group previously operated a treatment facility on Alexandra Docks in the city, however the arrival of Siemens and ABP to the dock area prompted WJ to re-locate its Hull treatment operations to a bespoke built site. The move was completed earlier this year, and the company now has a much larger storage area.
The open day was attended by many suppliers and customers. Lord Haskins, Chair of Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, spoke about the opportunities for businesses in Hull, whilst visitors could test their driving skills on a fun, race car simulator competition; BASF Wolman Gmbh rewarding the winner with a mini-break to Germany. The Wood Protection Association was also in attendance.
Mark Eggleston, WJ Group managing director, said: “The opening of a bespoke designed treatment facility in Hull has been a positive move for WJ Group and we’re busier than ever.
“We very much enjoyed having the opportunity to show it off to both customers and suppliers and to thank them for their support during our expansion. We’re now focused on offering the most efficient timber treatment service possible around both of our UK sites and supporting our customers as much as we can.”
Stephen Young, WPA director, added: “Timber treatment makes a vital contribution to the use of wood as a sustainable material and the new WJ plant in Hull establishes a centre of excellence providing both a preservative and fire retardant treatment service for the timber supply chain in the north of England.
“WJ Hull was the first service treatment centre in the UK to achieve the coveted WPA Benchmark of quality, which is independent reassurance that wood is treated in line with British Standard specifications. Any company with a business philosophy that puts customer satisfaction as its first priority like WJ does deserves to succeed.”