Carvers celebrates 25 Years Service

Carvers are celebrating in volumes, after six members of its workforce have achieved their 25 year service with the company this year.

L-R: Mick Watton, John Parker, Henry Carver, Joyce McIntosh, Steve Smith, Paul Rhodes, Martin White.
L-R: Mick Watton, John Parker, Henry Carver, Joyce McIntosh, Steve Smith, Paul Rhodes, Martin White.

Things were a little bit different back in 1992, when Company turnover was at £7 million and the main building at Littles Lane was a disused railway goods warehouse with a leaky roof. Fast forward 25 years and the Company is boasting a £32 million turnover and operating from a brand new facility at the Littles Lane site, with a timber production site just a few miles down the road.


It takes a special kind of person to show true commitment, particularly when it’s shown to an organisation and Carvers are lucky enough to have six such people celebrating their 25th year working for the Company.


Mick Watton, Timber Mill Supervisor first started in the timber mill on the spindle/ moulder machine and became a supervisor after two years.  Ten years ago he moved to the Neachells Lane production site based in Wednesfield.


Joyce McIntosh, Cleaner and mother of 6 (with 10 grandchilden) has been looking after the Littles Lane site, and the staff for the full 25 years. She has seen a number of colleagues come and go and is friends with everyone.


Martin White, Timber Joinery Supervisor has worked across all departments from building yard to shop floor, finally settling in the timber office specialising in doors and joinery in 1994.


Steve Smith, Garage Manager originally came from sister company Carver Oils and joined as a mechanic based at their Willenhall depot.  He moved to Littles Lane 20 years ago and has seen the transport fleet grow from 8 trucks to now over 30.


Paul Rhodes, Timber Operative started in the Warehouse and shop and then moved to the timber mill to work on the forklifts and sideloaders, along with order picking.  He is now based in the Drive Through Warehouse (another of Carvers new facilities). Pauls dad Geoff worked at Carvers for over 14 years as a Driver and his brother Steve will be celebrating his 25 year service next year.


John Parker, Timber Collections Operative has had experience of working in a variety of roles before finally settling in the Drive Through Warehouse.


During their time at the Company, the staff have worked for two generations of the Carver family and were present at time of the Carver fire back in 2012 when the main offices, warehousing and stock suffered a devastating fire and subsequent rebuild.


Carvers are incredibly fortunate as over half of their employees have achieved their ten year service with the Company and pride themselves on being a major local employer which much of their workforce living within a three mile radius.


The staff celebrated their achievement, along with their work colleagues for a lunch time presentation on Thursday 7th September made by Henry Carver.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

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