11 July, 2017
Clarks to open Somerset manufacturing facility
Historic shoe retailer Clarks is set to open a new manufacturing facility at its Somerset headquarters, creating about 80 jobs.
The new facility will produce up to 300,000 desert boots a year. It will be located in Street, where the company was founded in 1825.
The factory has been two years in development and is expected to be operational by early next year, subject to planning permission and other requirements. Up to 80 technical and managerial jobs will be created.
Similar production units will be launched in other locations across US, Europe and Asia in the next few years.
Mike Shearwood, chief executive at Clarks, said: “Clarks has always led the way in shoe design and manufacture having developed a significant proportion of modern shoe construction technologies. This new facility will help us continue that tradition of innovation.
“We are delighted to be bringing shoe manufacturing back to the UK and creating a significant number of highly skilled jobs. Clarks is changing and as a global business we need to innovate and respond to the changing global economic order.”
Source: Insider Media