Lister celebrates milestone with grand performance
Staffordshire super-fabricator Lister Trade Frames (LTF) is celebrating a significant milestone by passing the 1000 frames per week (fpw) barrier for the first time. The achievement comes hard on the heels of a record-breaking sales quarter for the 30-year old company; and is being attributed to both the quality of its products and services; and the strength and depth of its long-standing relationship with leading systems company, WHS Halo.
LTF first teamed up with WHS Halo (then Bowater) in 1976 and – apart from a short pause in the late 90s – has worked closely with the company ever since. From modest beginnings, producing in the region of 10-20 fpw, Lister, in partnership with WHS Halo, has grown not only to its present output, but also to offer two window systems, conservatory roofs, an extensive marketing package and, most recently, composite doors from the Gallery Collection.
LTF manufactures the Elitis range of high quality PVCu windows, doors and patios. Elitis Sculptor is a fully featured sculptured system; while Elitis Linear is a clean lined fully chamfered suite. At the beginning of July 2006, it also launched an improved standard range which included BFRC certificated energy rated windows and its new ultra secure Elitis TSL locking system. LTF also launched additional marketing materials and advertising for its customers making it simple for them to sell the new range.
The commitment to quality standards is demonstrated by LTF’s successfully achieving British Standards, British Board of Agrément Approval, Secured by Design and, most recently, the Window Energy Rating Certification up to and including an ‘A’ rating from the BFRC and TRADA.
Such dedication to these standards and service levels was justly rewarded in 2005, when LTF won the prestigious Fabricator of the Year title at the G05 Awards and in 2006, to compliment its longstanding Investor in People certification, LTF also received the Industry Award for Training & Development at G06.
Working closely In Business Together with WHS Halo, LTF has continued to invest in new and innovative products – such as the Gallery composite door range – and has also introduced its own arched frame facility; thus ensuring customers can be leaders and not followers in the region. The In Business Together partnership philosophy from WHS Halo is acknowledged as an industry leader in providing training and improvement in business performance – from manufacturing and sales techniques, through to IT, HR, marketing and financial analysis.
Having now sailed through the 1000 frames per week barrier at the end of 2006; Lister Trade Frame’s next challenge is to take the achievement and ensure that it is replicated again and again over the coming years.