Up to 300 jobs to be created when kitchen specialist launches processing centre

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Wren Kitchens will open one of Europe’s largest quartz worktop processing centre this month, which will create up to 300 new jobs.

The 150,000 sq ft Scunthorpe North site will cater for an “unprecedented” demand for affordable quartz stone worktops.

It will complement Wren’s current quartz manufacturing facility in Barton-upon-Humber.

The kitchen specialist has transformed the former DHL facility on Foxhills Industrial Estate in Scunthorpe, and in July 2021 it officially began fabricating stone quartz worktops using hi-tech, computerised machinery which has arrived from across the world.

The new quartz site will be operating at full capacity by December 2021 and recruitment will continue throughout the year.

Wren Kitchens UK manufacturing operations director, Kes Serelis, said: “We’ve reinvested back into our business to create this new state-of-the-art facility which is required to cope with our increased demand for fabricating high-quality quartz worktops for our customers across the UK.

“It will create a significant number of manufacturing and support roles for the region such as machine operators, team leaders, compliance officers and managers.

“It will be the largest quartz fabrication site in Europe, and we will be utilising the most sophisticated machinery in the industry such as robotic CNC saws.”

Wren currently has three manufacturing sites across North Lincolnshire and Yorkshire and this will be its second site in Scunthorpe.

It has developed a quartz storage facility at its headquarters in Barton-upon-Humber as well as five brand-new quartz delivery depots across the UK in Gateshead, Watford, Thurrock, Basingstoke and Exeter.

To deliver the quartz, Wren has its own double-decker lorries with A-Frames to secure the stone during transit.

In addition to this news, works are progressing rapidly on Wren’s new £120m kitchen manufacturing and assembly facility at its headquarters in Barton-upon-Humber.

This will create a further 900 new jobs for the region. The one million sq ft site will open by summer 2022.