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.”
Andrew Allcock, Machinery Magazine Editor, visited us in December to report on our fast growing capabilities; including Assembly, Design for Manufacture and Supply Chain Management.
We exhibited at the STEM Apprenticeships Fair at the Winchester Science Centre in March 2016. The Apprenticeships Fair was aimed to highlight the plethora of apprenticeships opportunities within the STEM industries in Hampshire, and was visited by secondary students and careers advisors from across the county. Two of G W Martin’s current apprentices manned the stand and provided young people with a good insight in the excellent career opportunities in engineering. Michael Field who is in his fourth and final year of training at Eastleigh College and Luke McCarthy who is currently in his second year of training at Southampton Engineering Training Association.
“I enjoy the variety and challenge that an engineering apprenticeship at G W Martin offers and it was good meet the young people today who are interested to learn more about a career in engineering” - Luke, Apprentice Year 2; Southampton Engineering Training Association
“Having this opportunity has allowed me to explain in detail what an apprenticeship offers and the benefits it will provide in the future.” - Michael, Apprentice Year 4; Eastleigh College
“We are excited to have this chance to highlight the opportunities at GW Martin for bright young people to enter a career in engineering. As an alternative to further education, we offer a four year apprenticeship which enables our apprentices to earn while they learn. For over 50 years we have been training apprentices and the success is evident in that many of our current team, including senior managers, started their careers as apprentices with us.” - Stuart Yalden; Managing Director.