Roger Hartshorn has decided to step down as Group CEO, with effect from 31st October 2018, in order to spend more time on his other personal and business interests – leaving behind an extraordinary legacy.
“I’m incredibly proud to have been a part of the success that HL Plastics has achieved over the last 41 years,” commented Roger.
“But I feel that now is a good time to move away, safe in the knowledge that the Group will be left in a superb position under the guidance of a proven, stable management team.”
“Our excellent parent company, Quanex Building Products, has continued to follow my philosophy of investment, new product development and technical innovation.
Martin Thurley, who joined HL Plastics as Managing Director in February 2017, will assume the position of Group MD when Roger departs.
“What Roger has achieved here is incredible,” said Martin. “I know just how much the company, and the people who work here, mean to him. His drive, passion and foresight have been key to the impressive growth of the group and he’s taken great care to ensure there’s a solid team in place for a smooth transition.
“I’m extremely proud to be taking the reins and building on the success of Liniar and Avantek. Roger will be leaving us in an excellent position and with the backing of Quanex we fully expect to continue going from strength to strength.”
Emma Arrell will continue as Group Finance Director with a clear reporting line to Brent Korb, Quanex CFO, and George Wilson, Quanex COO. Avantek Machinery will remain under the guidance of Dave Watts as MD, supported by Nigel Bishop and Gary Mayer as Directors.
“I’d like to thank all staff, customers and suppliers for their help and support along this amazing journey,” said Roger. “Special thanks must go to my long-suffering and supportive wife Janet, who has made numerous sacrifices to support my quest to be the best – a place that I now feel we have comfortably reached within the Group.”
But what does the future hold for Roger now?
“I certainly won’t be retiring – I still have industrial property interests, as well as Tarpey Harris and my newly formed aluminium extrusion company, which won’t be in competition with HL and has been done with the blessing of Quanex.
“Garner Aluminium Extrusions will use the trade name of Garnalex and will provide more tooling work for Tarpey Harris and be a supplier to HL, hopefully offering them an alternate local supply at a competitive price.
“This exciting new business should build on the job creation of previous years, help to boost the local economy and create strong, stable manufacturing employment for up to 100 people within the next couple of years.
“I’m looking forward to spending more time developing and focusing on these businesses along with perhaps a few extra holidays.”