Texfelt, a textile manufacturer has had a Royal Opening of their new facility in Bradford South by the Princess Royal. Judith was invited to and spoke at the event.
The family-run manufacturer of textile materials invested £9 million in a new 60,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
To future-proof its operation and enable the production of Springbond,a new eco-engineered carpet underlay made from upcycled plastic bottles, the investment has so far safeguarded and created 13 jobs in the area.
Previously based in an old textile mill in Elland, Texfelt’s investment is in direct response to a decline in its traditional markets due to the dramatic changes in the flooring industry over the last 15-20 years. Six years in the making, the new plant is home to new machinery and modern technology.
JamesTaylor, Managing Director at Texfelt andfourth generation in the family run business,commented: “Today’s royal opening is a real milestone for Texfelt. Building a development of thissize doesn’t come without itschallenges but we are incredibly proud of what’s been achieved, and ofthe direct impact we’ve had on job creation in Bradford. Our family roots are from Huddersfield, so we have a huge emotional attachment to Yorkshire and are proud to be part of the region’s future.”
Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and NP11, said: “I’m delighted that through the Growth Service, the LEP has supported businesses to become more productive and environmentally sustainable. The Leeds City Region is a leading centre for textile manufacturing, and businesses like Texfelt are boosting growth and global competitiveness in this sector.
Judith Cummins MP said: “I’m delighted to join Texfelt at the opening of their new manufacturing facility. I welcome the substantial investment they are making into Bradford South and wish them all the best for the future. Manufacturing is key to boosting Bradford’s economic success and giving opportunities to our young people.”