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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Jobs boom arrives for Millom stocking makers

SEE YOURSELF: Are you one of the workers pictured in The Way We Worked?

BACK in January 1969 Millom’s Elbeo stocking factory was embarking on a major recruitment drive.

A major factory extension was about to open in Mainsgate Road and the firm wanted men and women for day and shift work.

Shifts included a 6am to 2pm stint and 2pm to 10pm.

It was a basic 40-hour week with a full canteen service and three weeks of paid holidays.

A report in the Evening Mail on January 10 explained why things were so busy for the Millom factory.

It noted: “Elbeo Manufacturing Limited is a company which makes all the Elbeo stockings and tights which are sold all over the United Kingdom, as well as being exported to over 50 countries throughout the world.

“Elbeo also make Supp-hose, the range of sheer, fashionable support stockings for which they are rightly famous.

“Last August, Elbeo Manufacturing announced that, due to an ever-rising graph of production and sales, they were to build a second factory on land adjoining their existing one at Millom, as part of their planned programme of expansion.

“The sales company, Elbeo Limited, are based at Nottingham, where they are tomorrow celebrating the official opening of their headquarters in Lenton Lane.”

The factory manager at Millom was Peter Evert.

He said “Local girls are the tops.”

Two-thirds of his factory staff were local women.

He said: “They are very loyal and hard-working, with a great aptitude for learning.”

The Evening Mail report noted: “Wherever one looks, there are girls mending small faults, linking stockings across the toes on unbelievably fine-needle machines, doing overlock seaming or checking in minute detail for any irregularity in a stocking which results in it being rejected as not up to Elbeo standards.

“In another room other girls are pairing and boxing the stockings ready for dispatch to the warehouse in Nottingham on the next stage of their journey to the customer.

“The latest pop records on the radio accompany the girls in their work, and at lunchtime there is happy chatter in the canteen over a good hot meal, and a chance to relax before the afternoon’s work.

“Once the second factory at Millom is working alongside the present one, Elbeo expect to treble their present production.

“They are looking to the girls and women of the area to join them in this welcome boom in employment.”

There are seven views of the factory buildings and workers at Millom Elbeo in the Evening Mail’s first book in the Memories Series — The Way We Worked.

The £7.99 book features more than 160 pictures of workers and workplaces throughout Barrow, Millom, Ulverston, Dalton, South Lakeland and Furness.

It is available from Evening Mail offices in Barrow, Ulverston and Millom.

Books can also be ordered on the Evening Mail website at www.nwemail.co.uk

You can also place an order with your credit or debit card by calling 01229 840127 (post and packing within the UK is £1 per book).

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