As an employee owned company our employees are at the heart of everything we do. Therefore, each Wednesday over a 12 week period we are sharing interviews with our employee owners.
Now in the last 4 of our employee profiles, I am happy to introduce Jim Fenton who took the time out of his busy schedule to tell us about the work he does.
Tell us a little about yourself and what you do in the company?
Hello, my name is Jim Fenton and I have been at Scott & Fyfe for 21 years. My main role is as a machine operator in the Composites Department where we produce knitted and stitch bonded reinforcement materials for the composite industry. I mainly run our warp knitting machines producing the core fabrics for our Polymat product range and other knitted fabrics which are used for pipe rehabilitation and in the automotive industry for example.
I also have a position on our employee forum where I am one of an elected group of employees who are there, in my mind, as the voice of the employees which is important to us as an employee owned company. Alongside this, I am also Chair of our Health and Safety Committee and in this position it is my job to ensure there are measures in place to keep everyone safe and to find solutions if a risk or hazard arises.
Have you seen many great changes during your 21 years at Scott and Fyfe?
The company becoming employee owned a few years ago was a big change for the company. It was a little rough to start with and we were unsure what it meant for us but as time is progressing we are becoming surer. Everyone has an equal say within the company and we believe that there is no question or idea too silly to be discussed.
Over the years I have also seen our workforce change significantly alongside the markets we supply to and the products that we produce. I believe over the years our employees have become more motivated in the work they are producing.
What has been your most memorable moment during Scott and Fyfe?
Ironically, even though I am a member of the Response Team a group that deals with first aid in the company I have been in more scrapes than most of our employees put together. An example would be the time I impaled myself with a metal threading hook. Of course, I had to go to the hospital to have this removed and when they asked me what happened I showed them, pushing the hook further into my own chest…
There was also a time many years ago that a ball bearing on our machine broke scattering the pieces everywhere. I spent hours on my hand and knees using a magnet to try and find them all and when I did, my colleague Peter Thomson told me there were 2 missing and let me spend hours more searching only to tell me he was joking and that I had found them all!