Marshall-Tufflex Managing Director Jim Fletcher has announced his retirement after almost 30 years at the Hastings-based manufacturer.
His replacement is Paul Hetherington, formerly Managing Director of Alumasc Rainwater, Drainage, Casings & Plastics Division. Paul took up the post of Chief Executive Officer on February 3, working alongside Jim until his retirement in May.
“We are delighted to welcome Paul to Marshall-Tufflex,” said Chairman Kevin Page. “He brings with him a vast amount of experience in the production and supply of building products having worked for well-recognised manufacturers and merchants/distributors during his career. I am sure he will prove a superb asset to Marshall-Tufflex and build on the great work done by Jim.”
Paul said: “I am excited to be joining Marshall-Tufflex. It’s a great British manufacturer with a reputation for high quality products, great customer service and ongoing investment in product innovation. I am very much looking forward to meeting customers and helping lead the business to achieve many future successes.”
Paul held senior sales & marketing/customer service positions for Boulton & Paul, The Rugby Group and heating/plumbing merchant PTS before establishing a consultancy in 1999 advising the building industry on the potential of the then emerging internet. From there he became Managing Director of Alumasc Interior Building Products in 2001 before taking on his last position within Alumasc Exterior Building Products in 2010. He remains a non-executive director of the Builders Merchant Federation.
Jim has been at the helm of privately owned Marshall-Tufflex since 2005, steering the company through tough economic times and changing market trends. In recent years it invested in the energy management sector, bringing the highly successful Voltis voltage optimisation system to market and winning awards for its domestic/commercial Boiler Manager solutions.
Its cable management products continue to lead the field, with investment in product development ensuring that Marshall-Tufflex remains at the forefront of its field.
Jim joined Marshall-Tufflex as Group Accountant in 1985 and has undertaken numerous roles within the company as well as being a former non-executive director of BEAMA.
“Jim is a hard act to follow and will undoubtedly be greatly missed,” said Kevin Page. “His professionalism and dedication have enabled Marshall-Tufflex to grow into a solid, dependable yet forward-thinking business that aims to be the leader of the pack in whichever field it operates. I know that Jim is held in very high regard by friends and colleagues within the company and the wider industry. We thank him for his commitment to Marshall-Tufflex and wish him the very best in his retirement,” added Kevin.