Masonite opens UK door plant
June 30, 2022 | 3:52 pm CDT
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Masonite International Corp., a manufacturer of interior and exterior doors, has opened a new plant in Stoke-on-Trent, England. 

The facility combines the previous Solidor production and storage sites into one manufacturing hub and utilizes advanced manufacturing automation to improve production and efficiency, product quality and the work experience for employees.

“The opening of this purpose-built facility reinforces Solidor’s position as a leader in the U.K.’s exterior door manufacturing industry and reaffirms our commitment to the Stoke area as we continue to bring employment and career development opportunities to the local community,” said Vicky Philemon, senior vice president and general manager, Masonite Europe.

The plant layout has been optimized to improve material flow and to reduce the need for forklift trucks to enhance safety and reduce emissions. The facility is accredited by Planet Mark, a sustainability certification that requires the measurement and reduction of whole-life carbon emissions, engagement of the supply chain and the inclusion of the local community. The development was constructed using responsibly sourced or recycled content materials and includes rainwater harvesting, optimized natural lighting and a building management system. In addition, it yields a 17% reduction in embodied carbon compared to a notional baseline.

Masonite employs approximately 280 people at the new plant, which is located on Whittle Road, Meir Park, Stoke. Over 85% of the staff live within the local community.

Solidor, one of the United Kingdom’s most recognized manufacturers and suppliers of composite doors, was acquired by Masonite in 2018. Solidor exterior doors are constructed with a solid timber core that is complemented by a variety of innovative design and color choices to provide the appearance of timber with the benefits of modern, low-maintenance materials.

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