MP backs Knottingley glass factory

Yvette Cooper, MP for Pontefract and Castleford is visiting Stolzle Flaconnage, with apprentice Jodie Moore. (p603a424)

Yvette Cooper, MP for Pontefract and Castleford is visiting Stolzle Flaconnage, with apprentice Jodie Moore. (p603a424)

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Pontefract and Castleford MP, Yvette Cooper visited a Knottingley glass factory to show her support for the company’s investment programme.

Stolzle Flaconnage welcomed the shadow home secretary to the company at Weeland Road last Friday.

Ms Cooper, who first visited the company more than six years ago, was introduced to a number of improvements at the organisation, including the rebuilding of the furnace, creation of a customer centre and conference room and building of a mould design shop.

She also pledged to endorse the company’s application for funding in its 2015-2016 investment programme, which will see new state-of-the-art furnace and ancillary equipment being installed.

Ms Cooper met the organisation’s current three apprentices on her visit and learnt of the company’s plans to increase this number to eight by September this year.

Ms Cooper said: “There’s been a glass factory on the Stolzle site for over a century and Stolzle itself has been making glass bottles in Knottingley for the past 20 years. Hundreds of local people work there and it was really impressive to see how bottles for big world wide brands and specialist suppliers are all made right here!

“That’s why I want to see the company get as much support from government as possible; we have a long history of glass making in Knottingley and we want to make sure that with the most advanced equipment that legacy continues for many years to come.”

Financial Director at Stolzle Flaconnage, Jason Malloy said: “We would like to thank Yvette for her time, passion and continued support of not only Stolzle, but the UK glass industry and the welfare of the local economy of Knottingley and Wakefield.

“Her support of our apprenticeship programme and future investment plans, will help to drive the continued success at Stolzle for many more years to come.”

The company, which produces 110 million glass containers per year, will host an open day on June 21, to mark 20 years under the ownership of the Stolzle Oberglas group.