Published: 18th June 2019
Hurst Doors has announced today that total investment into the business in the last 24 months is over £1million, as it expands its operations and yield loads to meet the growing demand for its products.
One of the most significant investments has been into a CNC machining area, that includes 2 new Felder machines, Format 4 H5000 5 axis CNC machining centres and new Palamatic vacuum lifting equipment.
Hurst has also installed a new Haffner Murat, Automated Double mitre saw, for cutting PVC profile. The Hurst glass shop has been upgraded with a new Atlantic, 4-brush vertical glass washer, Glass Eye software and a plotter, as well as a new automated sandblaster. The glass shop expansion means Hurst is capable of creating any bespoke sandblast designs to meet customers’ specific requirements.
Kevin Wheatman, Hurst Director and General Manager, said:
“This investment has helped us increase our composite capacity capability by 50% and that’s great news for Hurst customers. We take great pride in our On Time In Full, which currently measures above 99%. This new machinery will ensure our customers continue to enjoy the high standards of service that Hurst is known for.”
As well as the installation of new machinery, Hurst has grown its workforce by 20% over the past 12 months. The expansion of Hurst’s workforce will ensure the business can continue to provide the highest quality service and support to its trade customers.
Hurst’s trade customers also benefit from the company’s continued investment into its transport fleet. Hurst now run a daily fleet of 18 Mercedes Sprinters, meaning Hurst customers benefit from nationwide coverage and reliable, regular deliveries. 95% of orders are hand delivered by a member of the Hurst team, throughout the length and breadth of the country.
Formerly known as Hurst Plastics, the continued investment into the business follows a wholesale rebrand for the company in the year, which saw Hurst change its name to Hurst Doors. This rebrand was alongside the launch of a new corporate website.
The website contains useful information and support for installers and end-users, as well as new features. The new features include a live ordering portal for trade customers, enabling them to quote, place orders and track orders in real-time, and a redesign of the Hurst Door Designer – complete with a visualiser – allowing installers and homeowners to customise their doors with thousands of combinations to choose from.
Hurst has also refreshed and redesigned its marketing collateral, both off and offline, including new brochures, as part of their commitment to provide their door installer network with comprehensive marketing support.
Hayley Barker, Marketing Manager at Hurst Doors said:
“Sustained investment into the business has meant we can continue to deliver on our promise to provide Hurst customers with the highest standards in quality products with a professional and personable customer service, so they’ll always feel at home with Hurst.
“It’s incredibly important for us to maintain trusted relationships with our installers and our wider supply chain partners across the UK. We will continue to invest in our team, operations and service provision so that we can ensure our customers have access to the UK’s largest selection of composite doors and PVC-U door panels, delivered by a friendly and professional team they can trust.”
Hurst Doors manufactures over 500 composite doors and over 3000 door panels a week from its factory in Hull and has a national network of over 1300 installers.