AYLESBURY, England, June 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Last year when The Premier Group was looking for ways to expand the manufacturing group's business portfolio they identified Ladymead Joinery as an ideal acquisition, and after negotiations it was acquired and re-named Premier Architectural Joinery (PAJ).
"PAJ was an exciting acquisition to add to our plastics & security product companies as it was local. It was in desperate need of investment having expanded heavily in cutting edge CNC equipment just prior to the recession and was struggling under debt burden" says Patrick Green, MD of the Group.
The last 14 months has seen significant investment in additional equipment, and more importantly, investment in quality management systems including CE accreditation and ISO9001:2008 Quality Standards.
"Soon after the acquisition it became apparent that the urgency for CE accreditation was the 'elephant in the room' that everyone was ignoring!" continues Patrick. "So at our first production meeting of the new year, it was decided that we should address this and we started on a programme of total quality management."
The extensive work has paid off, with PAJ achieving CE Accreditation for their timber window & door sets and improving their QMS to ISO9001:2008 standards.
"It was refreshing that everyone involved saw the positive side of this process and embraced it willingly" comments Patrick, "Implementation significantly improved productivity as well as quality, so much so that we have now had the windows tested and it has been indicated that the timber windows will achieve 'A' ratings under the BFRC Window Energy Scheme for which we are awaiting ratification."
PAJ employed the services of CEN Solutions Ltd's MD, Michael Galliard. "Mike's guidance through the maze of CE implementation was invaluable, we couldn't have done it in the timeframe without him" says Patrick.
The rest of the year is now focussed on the move to the brand new 6000 sq foot production facility which the group have had commissioned to expand the business over the coming years.
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SOURCE Premier Group Marketing