New manufacturing alliance leaders

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GARY Smith, director of Huddersfield glass firm Novaglaze, has become the chairman of the Calderdale and Kirklees Manufacturing Alliance (CKMA).

Michael Airey, the managing director of Brighouse-based speciality yarn manufacturer North Vale Doubling Co was elected vice-chairman of the alliance, which supports and promotes manufacturers in the Calderdale and Kirklees area.

Mr Smith said: “Finding orders which can create some profit; getting paid on-time; sourcing both skilled staff and also quality suppliers are all challenges regularly faced by all businesses.

“Luckily there are solutions to these problems and thanks to manufacturers supporting each other in the alliance most members have managed to survive the recession and are starting to feel the benefit of buying and selling locally, especially with transport costs rising at an alarming rate.”

He added: “It’s also good to know you are supporting and securing jobs in companies where friends, relatives and local young people are striving to earn a living too.”

Mr Smith has worked at Novaglaze for more than 10 years, while Mr Airey joined North Vale in 1972. Former chairman of CKMA, Gary Jones, and former vice-chairman, Wim Batist, chose to stand down from their roles, but are still involved with the steering group, said CKMA.