Meet the Team:
Find out how Garry forged his own role and the developments he's witnessed after two decades working at We Seal...
How did you come to join We Seal?
I came for a part-time summer job straight from University… that was 20 years ago! There wasn’t really a permanent position for me at the time, but I was able to forge my own role which has evolved over the years, and I’m now Production Support & New Product Development Manager.
What is your favourite thing to get involved with?
A few years ago we invested in bringing our tape production in-house. My involvement with that is my favourite thing. I like working on new ideas and seeing things through from concept to completion and everything that comes in-between. A lot of science goes into these tiny things!
What changes have you witnessed over the last 2 decades at the company?
I’ve seen huge changes. Quality Control has come a long way, and we have invested in our own testing facility which enable us to provide quality assurance and run production trials in a fraction of the time compared to outsourcing. We have things like an aging oven which I could never have dreamt of 20 years ago – that gives us the ability to collect the equivalent of 1.5 years’ worth of data in just 90 days.
How does the bag sealing tape manufacturing process work?
If I told you that I’d have to kill you! We’ve perfected the art over the years and have a secret formula. I can tell you that it’s a very slick process; we handle everything right through from creation to dispatch. It all starts with a clever printing machine that we call Stewie (affectionately named after a now-retired colleague). We then convert and spool it into the consumable reels we supply to bakeries that contain almost 30,000 seals each. We recently commissioned a special camera system to provide an extra level of quality assurance too.
So what has made you want to stay at We Seal for 20 years – and will you stay for another 20?!
I hope to retire before then! But you get back what you give at We Seal – and I’ve formed some great friendships over the years – so why would I want to work anywhere else!
There’s a nice list of perks that come with working here – but over the past few months the company has gone the extra mile and started providing breakfast foods: porridge, toast, fruit etc. That was such a kind gesture, an acknowledgement of the tough times we’re facing, and not something they needed to do at all.
We are very excited to announce that We Seal has been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the University of Derby to develop our bag sealing machinery.
We Seal partner with Middle East export specialists, Melaxe, to deliver sustainable bag sealing solution to GCC countries.