Kapp & Peterson Relocates to New Factory

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Via press launch dated June 22, 2022 – Kapp & Peterson is happy to announce that as of 23 May, it has relocated to a brand new facility within the Deansgrange neighborhood of County Dublin — a comparatively brief stroll from its earlier residence in Sallynoggin.

Moving shouldn’t be one thing the Dublin-based establishment takes flippantly. “We had been in Sallynoggin for 50 years,” says Managing Director Joshua Burgess. “And Sallynoggin was solely our second residence after shifting from the unique St. Stephen’s Green manufacturing unit in 1972.” Peterson’s workers leaves behind fond reminiscences of Sallynoggin. “The manufacturing unit in Sallynoggin was my first job,” says Factory Manager Jonathan Fields. “I labored in that constructing after I bought married; I labored there when my youngsters had been born.”


“Despite our attachment to the constructing and the group, the transfer finally made a number of sense for us,” says Burgess. “When Laudisi acquired Kapp & Peterson in 2018, we had been in a position to signal a four-year lease. As our time within the constructing got here to a detailed, we took a tough take a look at our wants,” he continues. Those wants included more room and up to date infrastructure. “We reached some extent the place if we needed to proceed to develop and do issues like replace our tooling, some large adjustments had been essential,” notes Burgess. “For instance, {the electrical} capability of the constructing had reached its restrict. The electrician at one level stated, form of jokingly, ‘No extra machines. I can’t add yet another machine with out doing a critical overhaul of {the electrical}.’”

Up and Running
Up and Running

“Moving the manufacturing unit was a extremely large venture,” says Fields, “however we needed to make it occur with as little disruption to the workers and our pipe making as doable.” To that finish, the whole Peterson workers pitched in, shifting the tools, instruments, and briar that they know greatest. “We moved all our equipment and pipes in three days,” says Fields. “We left Sallynoggin on a Wednesday and began making pipes in our new residence the next Monday.”

After 4 weeks of their new location, the women and men who make Peterson pipes are settling into their new residence. “The new place is nice,” says Tony Whelan, former manufacturing unit supervisor and 50-year Peterson veteran. “When I volunteered to assist with the transfer, I grew to become the primary worker in Peterson historical past to work in three totally different places. I’m pleased with that.” In addition, Fields notes that the whole workers is attending to know its new neighbors. “The Grange pub is an effective place to move after work. They pour a pleasant Guinness.”

Peterson now finds itself with ample house for progress in pipe making and storage. “In the brand new house, we’re in a position to group work collectively in an intuitive means,” says Burgess. “All the machines which are associated to drilling — bowls, mortises, mouthpieces — can now be in the identical manufacturing line. It promotes higher collaboration when everybody who’s doing the identical form of work is stationed collectively.”

Sykes Wilford, Laudisi’s CEO, not too long ago labored alongside the workers in its new location. “I’m so happy with the brand new place and all of the work the fellows did to make it occur,” says Wilford. “Peterson has a brilliant future right here, and I’m satisfied that the brand new manufacturing unit furthers our aim of creating wonderful pipes, firmly within the Peterson custom.”

Jonathan Fields, Joshua Burgess, and Glen Whelan
Jonathan Fields, Joshua Burgess, and Glen Whelan

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