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From Tool Maker to Technical Manager. Gary Oakley celebrates 25 years at Wrights Plastics
In the same year Tony Blair came to power, Gary Oakley started on the next stage of his career within the plastics industry. PM's come and go but Gary has stayed at Wrights Plastics for 25yrs.
By: Wrights Plastics
It has also become a family-affair as his son Liam also works at the company.
His current role is a far cry from his start in the industry which saw him washing off grease! At the end of his YOP scheme (younger readers please ask their grandparents)
Gary picks up the story "Grease was used as part of the forming process for the acrylic food covers the company made – it helped improve their clarity. As the new boy it was my job to clean down the formings and get rid of the grease!"
But even at interview Gary had shown an interest in the manufacturing processes which saw him quickly develop new skills and build his career which included moving to Bristol to help set up a new production centre. But Tipton born & bred Gary was soon back in the Midlands where he has remained ever since.
His time at Wrights has seen the company weather pandemic, recessions and fire and Gary reflects that one of the strangest events in his career was when he left Acrylics Plus to join Wrights Plastics. "I said my goodbye to my boss Bill Porter at Acrylics Plus but shortly afterwards Wrights bought out the company. Bill and I were at the same company again but this time as co-workers. It took a while to get used to!"
In recent years Wrights Plastics has also been a family affair as Gary's son Liam also works at the company. "It was probably inevitable. Liam began working evening shifts on the shopfloor while he was still at school! He now works on the production side too. We've got a joint interest in engineering but we try to keep shoptalk to as little as possible.
"Wrights is a family-owned business with the third generation involved in the running the company so family is important to the business.
More here https://www.wrightsplastics.co.uk/
Wrights Plastics / Brett Sidaway