New treatment plant manager for WJ Group

Published:  25 July, 2016

Further strengthening its core team, WJ Group has welcomed Andrew Pantry as the treatment plant manager for its Hull timber treatment facility, with the intention of optimising every aspect of the treatment process as the business expands.

Mr Pantry brings 28 years of timber industry experience with him, both in manufacturing and continuous improvement management roles. Alongside many years of working for MFI in the manufacture of kitchens and bedroom doors, he has more recently worked at timber company, John Brash as Kaizen Facilitator. This role focused on continuous improvement in addition to lean manufacturing, training and coaching. One project saw Mr Pantry set up a system to increase batten yield from 32% to 73%.

Aiming to use his experience most effectively at WJ Group, Mr Pantry is looking to improve the daily operational systems and provide customers with a sustainably efficient system that can support their business in terms of timescales and short-term capacity increases.

Commenting on his new role, Mr Pantry said: “I have now found a progressive company that suits my background and experience. I look forward to continuously improving all aspects of the Hull timber treatment site, while having the opportunity to develop my own knowledge and skillset in a company that actively wants to grow and develop. It’s also a pleasure to get to know WJ Group customers and see how I can make a positive contribution for them, where timber treatment is concerned.”

Mark Eggleston, managing director of WJ Group, said: “We’re delighted that Andrew has joined the team and can offer real focus on developing the efficiency of our Hull timber treatment site on a day-to-day basis. The company as a whole is growing and it’s important that we put additional key people in place to ensure that our business plans can be met, with a sharp focus on our customers’ needs.”

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