JELD-WEN’s new door factory at its Sheffield site hosted a visit by the Earl of Wessex last week.

The plant, which has recently created another 30 jobs, produces 2,500 “boarded” and hemlock external doors a week and 40,000 interior doors in a range of materials.

During his tour of the facility, the Earl met JELD-WEN managing director Mike Ward and general manager Richard Dolben.

He was shown the new door production line, which uses a touch screen monitoring and control system and features latest racking equipment. He also saw the company’s on-site preservation treatment facility and new machinery for hinging doors.

Mr Ward said he had highlighted to the Earl the “innovations which are contributing to JELD-WEN’s success”.

“We demonstrated how we’ve managed to buck the market decline in construction, by providing quality at value-for-money pricing, combined with more efficient manufacturing and a lean mangement structure,” he said.