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Greg Mulholland

Local MP in visit to Weidmann Whiteley paper mill ahead of £400k investment in new machinery to discuss issues and concerns for manufacturing post-Brexit

April 4, 2017 2:23 PM

Greg Mulholland MP has visited local paper mill Weidmann Whiteley in Pool to learn more about their investment plans and discuss the opportunities and challenges that they are facing as a business.

Mr Mulholland was taken on a tour of their site, learning more about their paper production techniques and a large forthcoming investment of £400,000 in their main paper making machine, which will allow the company to increase and expand production. Mr Mulholland also discussed the opportunities and challenges facing the company following the vote to leave the European Union. Weidmann Whiteley export a large proportion of their products to the continent.

The company, which occupies a large site familiar to anyone driving along Pool Road, traces its history back to 1886, when the Whiteley family first rented what was then known as Pool High Mill. The site continued its expansion, and the family business was bought by Swiss company Weidmann International Corporation in 1981 to become Weidmann Whiteley Ltd.

Greg at the paper mill.Commenting, Greg said:
"I was delighted to meet with Weidmann Whiteley to learn more about their operations and the forthcoming investment to their main paper machine. It is a pleasure to see a strong, successful company operating here in Pool, employing 120 people in the area.

"I am hugely proud that Weidmann Whiteley are based in Pool, employing people and making specialist use paper that is exported all around the world. I was very happy to listen to and discuss the issues and concerns of this successful and very important local business. I will be taking these up with the Government to urge them to support British manufacturing and to ensure that concerns such companies have are heard and addressed in the Brexit negotiations."

Bill Wallace, Operations Manager at Weidmann Whiteley, added:

"We enjoyed the visit of our local MP Greg Mulholland who by his very nature is a people man who has a passionate and demonstrable track record of being strongly involved in local issues.
High on our personal and business agenda are the current economic situation surrounding the decision to exit the European union and indeed the Brexit effect which currently is an unknown quantity.

"We were able to demonstrate the continued support and indeed share our project which we anticipate shortly."