Hopes for 20 new Darwen jobs in WEC stoves deal

BRAND Log-burning stove

BRAND Log-burning stove

First published in Darwen Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Assistant news editor

UP to 20 new jobs could be created after metal fabrication giant WEC became a partner in a new modern stove manufacturing business.

Craig Mollet, LogFire Stoves director, has secured the backing of WEC to set up a new company, LogFire Stoves & Flues Ltd, at the firm’s Darwen headquarters.

A new range of wood-burning stoves, including freestanding versions, have gone into production this week using state-of-the-art technology, including eight flatbed laser cutting machines.

Each stove will cost between £1,300 and £2,500.

Mr Mollet said steel stoves would be produced initially but he had plans to expand the range in the future to include gas and multi-fuel versions as well as the outdoor heating market.

And as part of the company’s growth strategy, he had high hopes of job creation.

He said: “LogFire Stoves are entering market sectors which are growing annually despite the economic downturn.

“Due to the numerous agreements we have in place with flue and chimney manufacturers as well as our own brand of products, we expect to create between 10 and 20 jobs for the local economy.

“We want to launch the range as wood burners but in order to maximise sales and broaden the market for the LogFire brand, we already have an eye on product development to take us into the gas and multifuel sectors as well as the growth market of outdoor heating and entertainment.”

Wayne Wild, group director, said: “There will be a simple and streamlined order process for the new LogFire Stoves range.

“Retailers will get their own website log in details and will be able to place orders and receive invoices electronically.”

The new company follows WEC investing £1.5million to purchase a new 30,000 sq ft unit at the Walker Park industrial estate in Blackburn as part of an expansion.

In 2011, WEC’s turnover soared to £31.8 million.

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2:03pm Wed 19 Sep 12

CapitaBackHander says...

Ah....that is better. We are really bored of the free ad's BGglobal get.
WEC have actually done positive 'things' for the community, this sounds like great news for 10 or 20 people!
Ah....that is better. We are really bored of the free ad's BGglobal get. WEC have actually done positive 'things' for the community, this sounds like great news for 10 or 20 people! CapitaBackHander
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2:21pm Wed 19 Sep 12

happycyclist says...

Excellent news. These will be real jobs. It's easy to see why people are considering wood-burning stoves with the price of gas. Keep yourself warm collecting/cutting the wood, then sit back and keep yourself warm burning it.
Excellent news. These will be real jobs. It's easy to see why people are considering wood-burning stoves with the price of gas. Keep yourself warm collecting/cutting the wood, then sit back and keep yourself warm burning it. happycyclist
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2:34pm Wed 19 Sep 12

darwenTower says...

Are WEC going to plant a load of trees?

I get the popularity, and the arguable environmental benefits, of burning wood, but if it becomes very popular where is the wood coming from?

Will the price of wood skyrocket?

And i'm not merely pooh-poohing it, that is a serious question because I for one don't own a forest.
Are WEC going to plant a load of trees? I get the popularity, and the arguable environmental benefits, of burning wood, but if it becomes very popular where is the wood coming from? Will the price of wood skyrocket? And i'm not merely pooh-poohing it, that is a serious question because I for one don't own a forest. darwenTower
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3:35pm Wed 19 Sep 12

happycyclist says...

There is a lot of old wood lying around if you look around you. Failing that, for example, a couple of years ago, trees were felled over Greens Arms Road/A666 with the stumps and branches left untidily to rot which is fuel for wood burners that United Utilities could sell.
Environmental/pollut
ion concerns aside, most of our waste that can't be composted or recycled, can be burned, saving on waste collection costs.
There is a lot of old wood lying around if you look around you. Failing that, for example, a couple of years ago, trees were felled over Greens Arms Road/A666 with the stumps and branches left untidily to rot which is fuel for wood burners that United Utilities could sell. Environmental/pollut ion concerns aside, most of our waste that can't be composted or recycled, can be burned, saving on waste collection costs. happycyclist
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3:56pm Wed 19 Sep 12

chris283 says...

ye till the employment agencys get there claws in
ye till the employment agencys get there claws in chris283
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4:07pm Wed 19 Sep 12

darwenTower says...

chris283 wrote:
ye till the employment agencys get there claws in
Will you put your caps back on, it was easier to ignore you.
[quote][p][bold]chris283[/bold] wrote: ye till the employment agencys get there claws in[/p][/quote]Will you put your caps back on, it was easier to ignore you. darwenTower
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6:33pm Wed 19 Sep 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Will using steel not cause problems with warping, As most Log Burners are cast iron to avoid this problem.
Will using steel not cause problems with warping, As most Log Burners are cast iron to avoid this problem. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
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10:42pm Thu 20 Sep 12

Chugger says...

Michael@ClitheroeSin
ce58
wrote:
Will using steel not cause problems with warping, As most Log Burners are cast iron to avoid this problem.
Cast iron is more prone to cracking though.. i think both look good.
[quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: Will using steel not cause problems with warping, As most Log Burners are cast iron to avoid this problem.[/p][/quote]Cast iron is more prone to cracking though.. i think both look good. Chugger
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10:27am Fri 28 Sep 12

Babyblue2885 says...

Thank you for your sharing.
Thank you for your sharing. Babyblue2885
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