Fire-hit Powys factory in rise from the flames
Stagecraft, which makes display units for shops and businesses across the country, was left without a premises when the blaze tore through its factory in Llaithddu, near Newtown last year.
But since then the company has won its biggest ever contract from supermarket giant Waitrose and Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones opened the new factory on the Vastre Enterprise Park yesterday.
Mr Jones paid tribute to the company for its rise from the ashes.
He said: “I am delighted to be able to officially open Stagecraft’s new premises and mark an exciting new chapter for the company.
“To think it is exactly 12 months on from the company being burned to the ground is astonishing.
“This major expansion programme will allow the company to capitalise on further opportunities in the industry and is also a significant boost to the local economy.
“We will continue to offer advice and support as it develops and I wish the team every success in the future.”
The firm was founded by chairman Tom Davis, who said he was delighted with how the company has recovered.
He said: “I can’t believe that 12 months ago now I was stood in front of our factory, completely destroyed by fire and I pay tribute and thank everybody who has stood by us, helped us operate in the meantime and have now helped us open this new factory.
“In particular, I thank our customers and especially Waitrose who were so understanding in waiting longer for their order when it was held up by the blaze and stood by us.
“From the disaster which beset Stagecraft, the company has made a remarkable recovery. The new facility on the Vastre Enterprise Park is double the size of the previous factory, which has allowed us to make significant progress in 2014. We recently secured our largest order from grocery chain Waitrose, have increased staff numbers and look set for our best year’s trading.”
Stagecraft’s customers also include Next, Dobbies and The Garden Centre Group.