Local mayors swapped sparkling regalia for boiler suits and work boots at a recent factory visit.
Mayor and mayoress of Amber Valley Borough Council, John and Angela Walker, accompanied by the ayor and consort of Ripley Town Council, Roland and Sheila Emmas-Williams, visited the Forbo Flooring factory.
The party were met by Brent Greenway, operations director, and administrator Angela Robinson who showed them around the site.
The visit was of special interest to Cllr Emmas-Williams, as the sister factory happens to be in Chateau-Renault, France, where he recently visited with the Ripley & District Twinning Association.
It was also his duty 20 years ago to visit Chateau-Renault and to meet their civic head Maire, to negotiate a twinning arrangement between the two towns, which was signed in 1996.
Councillors were given a brief history of the products made by the now-global company and how they are a global player.
A brief explanation was made as to how the product is made from start to finish and how nothing is wasted by the factory – as everything is recycled back into the system.
The party then proceeded to be shown around the factory, before being given a cleaning demonstration, to show just how tough and resilient the floor covering can be under different circumstances.
The tour finished with a visit to the Design Studio to meet the Design Team, which is where the enquiries begin the journey, before being put into production.
Cllr Emmas-Williams commented how he found the visit “exceptionally interesting” and said he had not realised just how important the company’s export market is to the UK.
He also thanked all the Staff and workforce for their continued hard work.