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06/29/2022

Masonite opens new U.K. plant

The facility combines the previous Solidor production and storage sites into one manufacturing hub.
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Classic British design in the Ludlow door from Solidor.

Masonite International Corporation 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 interior and exterior door manufacturer said.

Solidor, a manufacturer and suppliers of composite doors, was acquired by Masonite in 2018. Masonite is based in Tampa, Fla.

"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. "We are excited about the enhancements the new site will bring for our employees, communities, partners and customers in addition to supporting our future growth plans.”

Masonite employs approximately 280 people at the new plant.

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Modern country design in the Almafi door from Solidor.

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 also accredited by Planet Mark, a sustainability certification which 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 said.

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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