The HL Plastics factory, headquarters and mixing plant are based in Denby, Derbyshire which also neighbours Ripley, Heanor, Codnor and Belper in the Amber Valley district.
This area was formerly a strong coal mining region and has suffered from high levels of unemployment since the Denby Hall colliery closed in 1968, with the opencast mine on the site finally closing in 1999.
HL Plastics has a strong sense of corporate social responsibility and has generated more than 300 jobs since 2009, despite the economic recession suffered by most of the country during this time, with the vast majority of roles at HL Plastics fulfilled by local people. The company is now one of the region’s largest employers.
HL Plastics has a strong ethos of training and development, offering apprenticeships in different departments in order to develop young talent and plan for the future. There are currently five young local apprentices within the company, one of whom (Ross Hartshorn) has recently been awarded the Derby College Young Apprentice of the Year 2014 for his inspirational attitude and dedication to learning.The company is a proud supporter of local community events, particularly those connected to its staff. Donations are made each year to support local events, including a steam rally, a primary school fund-raising ball and charity running events.