Investment at King’s Lynn wood firm is a turning point

Reeve staff outside the new premises on the Hardwick Ind Est King's Lynn, with Tom de Winton (far left) ANL-140723-121435009
Reeve staff outside the new premises on the Hardwick Ind Est King's Lynn, with Tom de Winton (far left) ANL-140723-121435009
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Relocation and a significant investment are enabling flooring specialists Reeve Wood to increase production with top-quality results.

The business bought its new factory on Rollesby Road on Lynn’s Hardwick Industrial Estate last year and moved in in March. It was formerly based in a council-rented unit in Bergen Way, North Lynn.

Said business owner Tom de Winton: “The new factory at Rollesby Road is twice the size of the last factory. We are still in Lynn, so the staff did not have to travel any further.

“The rent we were paying covers the mortgage of the new factory so it was a bit of a “no brainer” to buy it. Since we moved, we have settled in well.”

The business has invested £150,000 in new machinery, which has increased its output ability. Said Mr de Winton: “The new machinery has improved our delivery and production times.

“We used to have a CNC machine to put the tongue and grooves on the ends of the floorboards, which was always slow and had its moments of unreliability. The new machines, with end matcher and cross cut saw combination, are ten times faster and produce a high-quality result.

“The machines were expensive, but the increased output and quality with reliability definitely compensates for the expense.

“The new machinery has also allowed us to work with solid flooring as well as engineered.”

The business, which also supplies high-quality worktops and mouldings, is working with Kurt Geiger and Cath Kidston, helping them both open new outlets and creating innovative hardwood floors that fulfils their design brief.

At present it is working on a project to supply a large amount of herringbone parquet for an apartment complex in Primrose Hill in London for Mace Construction.

Plans to further improve the Rollesby Road site include a biomass boiler to burn shavings and sawdust. This in turn will heat the offices and workshop in the winter. At present this waste goes into fire briquettes which is sold to the woodburning stove market.

Mr de Winton praised his committed employees. He said: “At the moment we have a good team of staff. Sue Alford and Tim Peach run the sales office, Rohan Davey is in accounts and John Kerr runs the team of nine in the workshop.

“We have a total of 12 employees plus myself on the team. They have all had to cope with the change of location, new machines and change in production methods and have done well. I am very grateful to them as well as proud of them.”