Suppliers and customers joined WJ Group in the celebrations as Lord Haskins, Chair of Humber Local Enterprise Partnership officially marked the opening of the new timber treatment facilities on Tower House Lane in Hull.
With its head office 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, to invest in wind turbine manufacturing prompted WJ to re-locate its Hull treatment operations to a bespoke built site.
The complex move, which saw low loaders manoeuvre large tanks between sites and the installation of a bespoke designed water recycling system, was completed earlier this year and has been extremely positive for WJ Group — the company can now offer an optimum service and a much larger storage area.
The open day was attended by many suppliers and customers, who toured the site and appreciated the complexity of the timber treatment facility. Lord Haskins spoke about the opportunities for businesses in Hull at a very important time for the growing city, whilst visitors could test their driving skills on a fun, race car simulator competition, with BASF Wolman Gmbh providing the winner with a two night break to beautiful Baden-Baden in Germany. The Wood Protection Association (WPA) was also in attendance to showcase its services to the trade.
Mark Eggleston, WJ Group MD, comments: “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”.
In addition to timber treatment, WJ Group manufactures roof trusses and metal flues for caravan manufacturers in the area. Furthermore, the company owns and supplies the DeckWright Anti-Slip brand, which enables timber decking to be enhanced with an anti-slip addition, reducing the risk of slipping on wet decking — suitable for both new and already laid decking.