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Worth Valley's OPM moving out of area
A Worth Valley-based family business is moving from Cross Roads to Leeds.
However, the OPM Group says its staff from Keighley and Bradford are relocating alongside the firm.
The company began life as an engineering enterprise, but today it makes products such as self-adhesive labels and flexible packaging.
It has recently confirmed an order for a pair of new presses from the printing firm Nilpeter, as part of its expansion.
OPM commercial director, Susan Ellison, said: “We are investing in a new site and state-of-the-art manufacturing and printing equipment to secure our future.
“We could not have done this without the loyalty and commitment of our staff, customers and suppliers.”
OPM managing director, Chris Ellison, said: “This is a new generation of presses for a new generation at OPM.
“The success of our business comes from not being afraid to experiment and work alongside guys like Nilpeter, who are prepared to support us.”
OPM employs 68 people and has bases at Halifax Road in Cross Roads and off Thornton Road in Bradford. Mr and Mrs Ellison’s children – Charlotte, 23, and Arnie, 20 – also both work for the business.
Mrs Ellison said the company is aiming to have vacated its Cross Roads premises by January of next year.
“We are in the process of moving but we’re not shutting down as we’re a 24-hour operation and don’t want to disrupt things for our customers,” she added.
“We’re also recruiting at the moment because we need more people to run the new machinery we’ve got.
“We’re moving to Leeds because we’ve run out of space at Cross Roads – it’s a very small property given the size of our machinery and we’ve simply outgrown it. The site also has a tiny car park, which articulated lorries can’t turn round in.
“As a business, we did look round the Keighley area, but because of the size of what we were needing the better sites proved to be in Leeds. We also wanted to make sure we were close to a motorway.
“Our staff are moving with us, which we’re glad about because we want to retain people. We have staff who’ve been working with Chris for 32 years.”