Former colleagues and current staff of Wienerberger celebrated the plant’s 50th anniversary at a special commemorative event held at Wienerberger’s Denton Works on Thursday 26 June.
Local dignitaries including Andrew Gwynne MP and local councillors joined colleagues from the past as well as present team members at the Denton brickworks – the biggest brick factory in the North West.
There has been a huge amount of change in brick production in the past 50 years and this special commemoration took a look back at some of the achievements of this period.
Wienerberger’s Denton factory produces a wide range of products for both new build and renovation markets and was the first brick factory to achieve ISO14001 accreditation. More recently, bricks made at Denton were used to construct large areas of the new Coronation Street set at Salford Quays.
52,000 special edition ‘Coronation Medley’ bricks were manufactured to provide an exact match to the original ‘Homestead Medley’, which was originally manufactured at the Denton factory in the 1980s and 90s. The brick colouring and aesthetic appearance is also in keeping with the traditional red brick houses commonly found in the local area.
One of nine Wienerberger brick making sites across the country, the Denton brickworks has a rich history dating back to the 1920s. This site alone makes approximately 60 million bricks per year, all of which are typical of the products manufactured for centuries in the Manchester area, including wire-cut red, white and buff bricks.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“The brickworks have been one of the central industries supporting Denton for the past fifty years, and so it was a pretty special event for all involved.
“It was a pleasure to meet workers both past and present alongside bosses and our local councillors. I am sure the brickworks will be backing our local economy for many years to come.”