Three former employees of Rio Tinto’s mothballed aluminium smelter in Lynemouth have secured new jobs at a tissue manufacturer in the region.
Lesley Welsh, Xanthe Campbell and John Priest have taken up roles at SCA’s Prudhoe Paper Mill which manufactures the Velvet tissue brand, as well as own-label products for big supermarket chains including ASDA and Costco.
Welsh from Westerhope has more than 30 years’ experience in the manufacturing sector. She worked in production for Nestle before moving to Rio Tinto as a Six Sigma business improvement and lean manufacturing coach.
She is now an operations leader for SCA, responsible for a team of 35 process operators, technicians and engineers.
Campbell from Otterburn is also an operations leader. She has 16 years’ experience in manufacturing and is now responsible for a team of 40 technicians, engineers and operators working across five shifts and looks after the production side.
Priest was a senior engineer in the Casting Plant at Lynemouth smelter. He’s now using his manufacturing expertise as an area engineering leader at SCA, where he leads a 50-strong team that work in crews of eight on a 24/7 shift rotation.
Richard Sutcliffe is factory and site manager at SCA, which has a workforce of more than 400 staff.
He said: “We are delighted to have Lesley, Xanthe and John join our team at Prudhoe Mill.
“Their credentials and experience are of a huge asset to the business.
“Paper-making is a very competitive industry. We need highly-skilled, motivated leaders to inspire our growing manufacturing and maintenance teams.”