Paul Davies AM recently visited the impressive Norman Industries supported factory in Snowdrop Lane, Haverfordwest. Norman Industries works with people with a wide range of disabilities. As well as paid staff, Norman Industries provide work experience that gives people skills for work, training, and improving their CV.
Norman Industries supplies an array of mainly products made from wood. The business supplies furniture to the many organisations and bodies including the Foreign Office for use in Embassies as well as supplying furniture to educational establishments for the Devon Supply Zone covering the South West of England. Another area of expertise is producing bespoke furniture for customers ranging from fitted bedrooms to made to measure products.
Norman Industries supports sustainability and where possible uses FSC accredited hardwoods sourced within Pembrokeshire through a scheme managed by Coed Cymru. Recently Norman Industries staff have completed a project to reuse and refurbish old furniture in the Victorian tea rooms at Scolton Manor.
In addition, craft classes have commenced from the Snowdrop Lane site giving further opportunity for skills to be learnt.
Commenting on his visit Paul Davies said “It was fascinating to see the hive of activity at the factory. I was greatly impressed by the high quality work that goes on making a whole range of products made from wood. It was also very pleasing to see that the factory refurbishes furniture and gives it a new lease of life. Seeing examples of the transformation of furniture was remarkable.”
“It was clear from talking to the work experience staff how much they enjoyed their work and the social element of working in a factory setting. They clearly have a great team ethic at Norman Industries and I would encourage anyone who wants products made from wood to contact them to see if they can help.”
Picture caption: Paul Davies AM with employed staff and work experience participants at Norman Industries