End of an era for Nelson weaving firm

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It was the end of an era for a Nelson weaving business which has been run by four generations of the same family for the last 123 years.

And William Reed Weaving marked the end of that family connection with a dinner at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton-le-Moors, on Thursday.

John Reed, centre, managing director of William Reed Weaving, Nelson, is retiring  and is the last member of the Reed family to run the company, pictured with his father and former MD Robert Reed, left, and general manager Andrew Gill, right.
John Reed, centre, managing director of William Reed Weaving, Nelson, is retiring and is the last member of the Reed family to run the company, pictured with his father and former MD Robert Reed, left, and general manager Andrew Gill, right.

The company, of Spring Bank Mill, was founded in 1891, by a former Mayor of Nelson.

WIlliam Reed was one of a group of 12 men who set up their own co-operative weaving shed at a time when trade in the textile industry was at a low ebb.

William Reed was succeeded as managing direrctor by his son Tom, who in turn was followed by his son Robert, who is now 90 years old and attended Thursday’s event.

The last member of the Reed family to be in charge, John, joined the company in 1981 having previously qualified and worked as a chartered accountant in Leeds.

The company now employs 77 people including staff and produces fabrics which are made from continuous filament fibres used in technical fabrics supplying industrial end uses.

Andrew Gill is taking over from Mr Reed in the position of General Manager.

He joined the company in 1989 as a financial accountant, and became the commercial manager in 1999 until 2011, when he became general manager.

 

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