New operations manager at Haith

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Having weathered the coronavirus lockdown and enjoying an increase in orders as life gradually returns to normal, Haith Group has announced the appointment of John Nicholls as its new Operations Manager.

Mr Nicholls has taken on a broad role, being responsible for the smooth running of planning and analysis, overseeing Haith’s production, parts, electrical, service and design supervisors, scheduling, and liaising with the company’s sales team.

John joins Haith after two and half years at McCain Foods Limited, where he was Area Operations Engineer responsible for planning and estimating capital works projects, quality standards of engineering tasks and managing on-site contractors, amongst other areas of the business.

Before McCain Foods Limited, John spent nine years at Sara Lee UK (Food Manufacturing) and 18 years in the engineering department at York NHS Teaching Hospitals, where he became Assistant Head of Engineering and Facilities.

“We’ve enjoyed a rollercoaster ride over the last eighteen months and are pleased to say that we have managed to grow the business during the pandemic,” says Duane Hill, sales director at Haith. “We have a very healthy order book and want to make sure that we continue to offer exceptional customer service and have the capacity to grow the business in the future. This is why we have asked John to join us. His unique skill set and 40 years of engineering experience will be very beneficial to us.”

Mr Nicholls was aware of Haith’s capabilities and reputation, having seen the company’s work for several of McCain Foods Ltd’s UK sites. “Haith has an excellent reputation and is known for its excellent engineering, attention to detail, innovation and high standards. I am really looking forward to playing my part in the next phase of the company’s growth,” says John.

Away from work, John is a grassroots football referee, keen cyclist and golfer.

For more information about Haith and its market-leading range of vegetable handling solutions, visit www.haith.co.uk.

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