EGGER opened its doors over a weekend in September for the local community to find out more about its operations.
The free family-friendly open days, held on September 15th and 16th, were organised with health and safety as a top priority at the plant.
Visitors were able to take part in a behind the scenes walking tour of the factory to see exactly what goes on at one of Europe’s most technologically advanced chipboard sites, or hop on a land train for a child-friendly overview of the site.
There were plenty of activities on offer for families to enjoy, including a harvesting simulator to understand more about working in the forest, as well as face painting, a raffle, live music, food, drink and more.
Bob Livesey, commercial director at EGGER in Western Europe, said: “On Saturday we invited EGGER employees, their friends and families to the plant and on Sunday we welcomed the general public. We were pleased to have so many of the local community to our Hexham site for an insight into what we do here, along with our forestry and wood recycling subsidiaries, and enjoy a host of fantastic family activities.”
Tobias Zimmermann, plant director technical/production, EGGER Hexham, said: “EGGER knows how important it is to continue to build strong relationships with the local community and this was the perfect opportunity for us to do this. Overall, the event was hugely popular with our Sunday event reaching capacity. There were so many positive comments and it was clear that our visitors really enjoyed it. We would love to have had even more people on the day, but this is a working factory and the safety of everyone on site is always our top priority.”
EGGER Barony also held its own open days earlier this year, find out more about that here.