2015 was an incredibly busy year for Somerlap Forest Products. Due to growing product demand, the Somerset-based business invested heavily in upgrading production line kit on their five acre site in Mark. In order to maintain their usual high quality service levels, Somerlap took the decision to employ new staff and expand their team of locally souced expertise.

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Managing Director Kevin Bond, commented; “Somerlap has been a local employer for almost 35 years and we are delighted to welcome our new staff to the Somerlap team. In 2016 we celebrate our 35th year anniversary and some of our staff have been with us for the majority of that time. We hope that our new recruits stay with us for an equally long time”.

New staff for Somerlap The growing Somerlap Team. Production Manager, Andrew Bertenshaw (far right), with (from left) Jake Bale, Tom Harrison, Tim Karrington, George Bond, Simon Spregg and Paul Graham.

Investing in business growth

Somerlap understand that investment is key to business growth. Some of the key additions to their production line include:

• A new pallet nailing system

• A faster pallet printing line that can be prepared using only a laptop computer

• New fast action doors to keep the cold out but allow for speedy forklift access

• New material handling equipment, reducing manual lifting

Their largest project (completed in the Autumn) was the replacement their existing boiler and heating system. This is fuelled by recycled woodchip produced at their site in Mark from scrap pallets and packaging. The system is a major statement from Somerlap enforcing its long held view that green energy is the way forward.

Somerlap is a well established, thriving family business that cares for its staff, its customers and its community. 2016 will definitely be a celebration year as Somerlap continue to deliver on their promise of competitively priced products that are built to last.

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