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18th September 2019
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Lord Mayor visit marks start of Centenary celebrations for Pland
The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Graham Latty, visited Pland Stainless in Leeds this month to mark the start of the manufacturer's Centenary celebrations.
As well as touring the premises, the Lord Mayor presented some long service awards and met all the staff during a luncheon to celebrate the event.
Pland Stainless has been manufacturing from the same site in Leeds on the Lower Wortley Ring Road since December 1919 - a true British manufacturer that has stood the test of time! The Lord Mayor toured the factory, watching each process of a stainless-steel kitchen sink being made and on occasion even becoming involved, as our pictures show. The stainless-steel kitchen sink is a volume product for the company which was the first UK manufacturer to produce such an item.
The visit also saw three long service awards being presented to members of staff. David Spencer, production operator, has been with the business for 36 years and John Stephenson, sheet metal worker and Jack Priestley, welder, have both hit 10 years' service. Each was awarded a bottle of champagne, those with 10 years' service received an additional two days holiday this year and David was awarded a voucher for a steak night at Leeds restaurant Miller & Carter.
The company has more exciting plans to reveal during 2019 that will continue the celebrations in this momentous year.
Pland products today are largely designed for the healthcare, sanitaryware, washrooms, laboratory, education, catering, janitorial and the secure accommodation market places. But a growing and significant proportion of the business is made up of bespoke products to both commercial and retail markets, where the company's technical team work with the client to design stainless steel products that deliver specific solutions, using the in-house CAD/CAM and 3D modeling technology.
There's clearly a talented and committed team at Pland Stainless but the talent goes beyond product design and manufacture... The celebratory cake in our pictures was made by production manager (and engineer) Alison Harling, who is also pictured alongside production operative Dave Lambert and the Lord Mayor of Leeds.
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