Minister Kenneth Clarke opens Elland factory

Ken Clarke shares a laugh with the Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale John and Janet Hardy and Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker (right)

Ken Clarke shares a laugh with the Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale John and Janet Hardy and Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker (right)

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Government minister Kenneth Clarke was in Calderdale this afternoon (Fri) to officially open the new premises of Boxford.

The Elland based company is the UK’s largest manufacturer of machine tools for education and training.

It dates from the 1940s and moved from Halifax into a purpose-built factory at Dewsbury Road last year.

Mr Clarke, Minister without Portfolio, said: “It’s very good for the morale of everybody in Government to see an example of such a successful company contributing to the economy which we very much need.”

He toured the factory with directors, Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker and the Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale John and Janet Hardy.