Clwyd South Assembly Member Ken Skates has welcomed ‘a major player’ to the area after a tour of the company’s new premises on Wrexham Industrial Estate.
Labour AM Mr Skates visited Mainetti – which has moved into the old Tetra Pak site – on Thursday (July 31) – and believes such a well-established business moving into the area is ‘great news’.
He said: “I would like to welcome Mainetti to Clwyd South and I wish them every success. The firm is a major player in its market and I’ve no doubt it will continue going from strength to strength and prove a vital addition the local economy. It’s great news for the area.”
Mainetti, which makes coat hangers, had its factory in Flintshire destroyed in a blaze last year, and a second fire broke out at the site in January.
The company was temporarily based at the former Hotpoint site in Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire, but the Welsh Government played a key role in securing the 300 jobs after helping the firm relocate to Wrexham.
As well as keeping those roles, the company plans to move a distribution facility to the site and create new jobs, with talks under way to take on former Sharp staff.
Mr Skates added: “It’s obviously sad when a company of the stature and reputation of Tetra Pak moves away from the area after such a long time. However, I am delighted that – thanks to swift action from the Welsh Labour Government – another major company has moved into this key site.
“Mainetti has been an important employer in North Wales for decades, and to be able to help secure 300 jobs in these difficult economic times – with the potential for future expansion – is something we should be celebrating.
“It was reported recently that inward investment in Wales is at a quarter-of-a-century high, and this move is more good news for Wrexham and North East Wales as the Welsh Government works to attract even more business and money to the region.”
Mainetti processes up to six million hangers a week and has been based in North Wales for 31 years, formerly at Greenfield, Holywell.