King's Lynn company restarts production as demand increases from fast-food chains
In response to the re-opening of fast-food chains across the area, one of West Norfolk's biggest employers is stepping up production in Lynn.
Foster Refrigerator and sister company Gamko are making plans for the safe return to work of an increasing number of staff as demand increases.
Over the last two months, the Oldmedow Road-based company has been continuing to serve the NHS and healthcare services across the country, with orders being serviced from stock built before shutdown.
Around 75 temporary, agency staff had been released in March as the company said they would be pausing production until April 17 at the earliest.
Now, the operations team has been preparing a number of health and safety measures as production restarts.
These include single direction walkway routing around the plant, sectioned-off workstations and rigorous cleaning regimes.
Staff who are still able to work from home are being encouraged to continue to do so under government guidelines.
Chris Playford, market and development director, said: “We are pleased to see that the level of demand from the market is increasing which is beginning to safely adapt to the changing situation. Household names such as Greggs, McDonald’s and KFC have all announced plans to begin a phased reopening programme through May and June for their takeaway services, in line with the necessary social distancing requirements.
“We’re doing all we can to help support our customers in these unprecedented times, and that’s no more evident than in our commitment to continue our industry leading zero per cent interest free credit offer for all those with limited cash availability."
He continued: "Opening our manufacturing operation once more allows us to be more flexible with supplying the exact product specification the customer requires. This has a big impact on continuity of business for our distributors and customers alike and provides some reassurances to the market that they can depended on us."