TFS Enhances Managerial Team to Drive Business Forward

TFS Enhances Managerial Team to Drive Business Forward

The UK’s leading processor of wood-based panel products, Trade Fabrication Systems (TFS), has recently appointed a further two members of managerial staff as part of its current phase of personnel investment. The addition of Sales Office Manager, Maria Wenton and Systems Controller, Tom Harrison sees TFS in a prime position to continue building on its success to date.

Over the last three years, a strategic investment programme has enabled TFS to enhance its service offering for business to business partners, installing new machinery and reviewing staffing skills and capabilities to ensure that the right people are in the right positions to underpin the company’s growth aspirations.

With over 40 years’ experience working within building and trade industries, Maria’s field and office-based expertise will bolster TFS’ existing operations. Having previously worked for both independent and national merchant groups in branch and sales management roles, Maria will support TFS to drive efficiencies by putting the right systems in place to meet customer expectations.

Maria explained: “I am excited to have joined TFS and play a key role in the business’ growth. Utilising my industry experience, I will be working to implement systems more akin with a company of their stature to streamline process and support growth.”

Working alongside Maria, Tom Harrison, Systems Controller has been appointed to oversee production planning and to take responsibility for quality assurance. With five years of experience working as a production partner in the aerospace sector, Tom will be putting key performance indicators in place to further reduce waste and to allow for a more effective production planning schedule.

“Bringing my experience of working within the fast-paced aerospace industry, I am looking forward to assisting TFS streamline production and quality management procedures with more efficient utilisation of IT. Working with my colleagues in the management team to assist in enhancing organisation and transforming our inter-departmental communication, we will be aiming to reduce waste and create an accurate picture of our manufacturing process as we continue to deliver for our B2B partners,” commented Tom.

Following an intense investment period for the two years prior, marking the celebration of its 21st year in business, 2020 was set to put the foundations in place for ongoing growth and development. Enhancing its senior team with the appointment of Terence Wells, UK Head of Manufacturing and James Bishop, UK Sales Manager, last year, TFS aimed to set the bar to enable the company’s strategic objectives to be realised and built upon.

However, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic caused unprecedented levels of disruption to all areas of industry, leading growth plans to be put on hold while focus turned to the delivery of key projects. TFS was coined with key worker status in March, operating a skeleton team to ensure that it could maintain and fulfil orders to meet client requirements.

Despite a challenging year for the industry as a whole, TFS continued to build its resilience in the market by making smart business choices – putting it in a solid position to develop these successes further over the next year.

Strongly believing that people form the backbone of its business, TFS remained committed to the internal investment journey. Recognising the importance of developing the team, TFS supported Terence Wells when he wished to finalise the much sought-after, Lean Six Sigma certification. Completing the final stages of certification during nationwide lockdown, Terence was awarded Six Sigma black belt, and will now be instrumental in building a sustainable growth model for the business.

As construction sites became operational again, TFS helped to bridge the gap between reduced workforces and project timescales by communicating the benefits of offsite processing to the wider construction market. As demand increased, strengthening the managerial team became a priority, leading to the promotion of Business Development Manager, Adam Morris, to the new position of General Manager

Managing Director, Howard Morris, concluded: “At TFS, we know that having the right people in position is essential to business success. We’re lucky to enjoy high staff retention rates and we invest heavily in training to ensure everyone’s personal objectives are fulfilled. With the recent managerial appointments, our new team is incredibly strong, and all working towards the same goal, which is to drive efficiencies and support our customers to the best of our ability. We are thrilled to welcome Maria and Tom on board and are looking forward to building solid foundations for ongoing business growth.”

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