Today, Pat McFadden visited local business ‘Assa Abloy’.

Assa Abloy are a global ‘door opening solutions’ business, in layman’s terms; they manufacture everything involving locks! From residential products to construction, they are world leaders in the business.

Locally, Assa Abloy employ over 650 people at their site in Portobello which is great news for the people of the Black Country. They are passionate about both the environment and consumer safety; 100% of all their materials that aren’t used at the Portobello site are recycled.

Neil Vann (Market Region Manager UK) and Lee Philp (Chief Operating Officer) pictured with Pat above say that the business is extremely passionate about consumer safety. Following the disaster of Grenfell, fire safety has hit the media but it is something that has always been a concern for Assa Abloy. Pat commented, “during the visit, Assa Abloy raised the need for more regular inspection of fire doors particularly in the wake of the tragedy which was the Grenfell fire, this is an urgent issue for the Government”.

The company have also submitted evidence to the post Grenfell inquiry on Fire Safety.

Lee Philp commented, “It was a pleasure to have Pat at our Portobello site, it’s good to know we have his support in helping us grow our business in the UK and keep consumers safe.”

Pat concluded, “It was great to visit ASSA ABLOY today, a very important local employer, building on the long tradition of lock making in this area. 650 local jobs based here, many more around the country representing the best of Black Country manufacturing; that making things is what we do well here. It’s a real pleasure to come to a company which is innovating, they are doing extremely well. They are also caring for the environment too because absolutely everything on this site which isn’t used is recycled. It was a real pleasure to visit the Portobello site today, a very important local employer.”

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