On a sunny morning in Eastleigh, G W Martin and Co Ltd celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening of their factory. George William Martin started the business in 1959 in buildings once occupied by Fair Oak Dairy on Southampton Road. After strong growth he built his own facility on Bishopstoke Road which was opened on 22nd September 1967 by Sir David Price MP. Today the team were joined by Mims Davies MP to celebrate the 50th Anniversary.
Mims Davies MP said:
“I am delighted to congratulate G W Martin and Co and join them on their 50 year anniversary at their Bishopstoke Road premises. It is great to see British manufacturing thriving in the heart of Eastleigh. I have been impressed to meet such a loyal and experienced team of people from the local community working towards that success.
With some of the team who started as apprentices in the early days of the factory approaching retirement, their commitment to training young people and bringing new skills into the industry is refreshing. Apprentices really matter both now and then with 6,000 new ones commencing since 2010 in the Eastleigh constituency.
Having visited the factory a few years ago it is clear that their recent investments in their facility are having a real impact. I wish all at the firm every success for the next 50 years.”