Last week I met with former Remploy staff who were employed by Espack Eurologistica, a Spanish Company on the Bridgend Industrial Estate, after being made redundant when Bridgend Remploy closed last year. Espack, has grown in size over the past ten years from 11 to 53 staff carrying out work for Indian, Brazilian, Chinese and American companies who make products for the Ford engine plant in Bridgend.
With support from Bridgend County Borough Council and DWP, the company Espack were able to make adaptations to the site which enabled former Remploy employees to become part of their workforce.
Meeting with them all last week, I was pleased to see them so settled and happy, as last time we met was on the picket line outside Bridgend Remploy. The new facilities provided through an Local Investment Fund grant and Employer Support Grant have included a clean room facility within the existing warehouse, disabled access into the factory and the provision of an onsite canteen.
Espack successfully bid for the processing work for Fords following the closure of Bridgend Remploy and have reproduced the processes helping the former Remploy employees ease into their new jobs. Talking to Ian Bulgin, the Manager and others they were impressed by the speed at which the ex Remploy staff had integrated into the existing workforce.
I was pleased to hear from the managers at Espack that they hoped to see further developments in the Factory to assist their disabled workers take on more challenges and to provide additional work opportunities for further ex Remploy staff. Espack have been asked by the DWP to speak to employers across South Wales about the benefits of employing workers with disabilities. The Remploy workers have maintained their record of 100% quality and 100% on time delivery since moving to Espack. which is a great achievement.