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Staff Profile – Andy Bridges

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Andy Bridges was appointed Production Manager at Board24’s Preston site after three years of working for the business as a shift team leader, following previous experience working in the corrugated industry.

In his current role Andy is responsible for the planning, coordination and control of both the 22 year old MHI and the new BHS 2.5m corrugators alongside the material handling equipment.

Beginning his manufacturing career in Mold working as a team leader, he has over 25 years’ experience and extensive knowledge of the processes and procedures involved in manufacturing corrugated packaging. Andy is fortunate enough to manage a team of five shift Team Leaders and 48 operational members of staff and has a great rapport with his colleagues. He is very much a ‘working’ manager and enjoys working alongside the team leaders and shift teams.

Andy was heavily involved in the installation of the new £9m corrugator which took place during 2016. Albeit challenging times, he enjoyed selecting and training the new team for the new corrugator and introducing new shift patterns, whilst working to achieving production, waste and speed targets.

Andy is a valued member of the Board24 team and hopes to be an integral part of building the business further. He comments; “I have enjoyed being part of Board24’s production growth over the years, particularly since the new corrugator was installed last year and would like to see Phase 2 go ahead, as it would be good to push the plant to its full potential and see the business grow further.”

For Andy coming to work is a family affair as his two sons also work at Preston on the corrugators, thankfully they do not have to report in to Dad! However he is proud to hear reports that the boys are doing well in their roles.

In his spare time, Andy likes to keep active with a range of sports and a keen skier, he also spent years playing rugby union to a good standard, by his own admission he is no spring chicken anymore and the aches and pains take longer to recover, so has now retired his boots to the odd charity game.

When not on the rugby pitch you might find Andy in the kitchen, previously a chef, he likes to keep busy in the kitchen rustling up a risotto, curry or Sunday roast. His social diary looks like the line-up of a major festival with several gigs booked throughout the year, with a preferred taste in rock music he will be enjoying to sounds of Metallica, AC/DC and Iron Maiden to name a few.