WC Rowe reopens main bakery

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WC Rowe has officially reopened its main production site on the edge of Falmouth, after fire devastated the bakery in the summer.

Eight fire crews were called out to tackle the blaze in July, which left extensive damage to the electrical system, effectively shutting the factory down.

While an emergency pasty line was set up at the bakery’s other site nearby within six days, the company is relieved the main bakery is up and running again.

Chairman Alan Pearce said: “I can truly say that 19th July 2014 was the blackest day in the history of W C Rowe.

“However, the amount of effort and understanding we received from so many people – our customers, suppliers, fellow pasty makers, our bank and of course our wonderful staff, was incredible.

“Everyone pulled together and, with tremendous vital support from our insurer, Travelers, our bakery was back up and running in record time and is once again producing the full range of pasties to the Rowe’s championship standard.”

L-R: Kerry Lynch, Sarah Newton MP, and Alan Pearce
L-R: Kerry Lynch, Sarah Newton MP, and Alan Pearce

To mark the achievement, the factory was officially reopened this week by local MP Sarah Newton, who congratulated all those who had been involved in the turnaround.

“Few people will appreciate the stresses and strains that must have gone on behind the scenes to keep the show on the road at this family business.” she said.

CEO, Kerry Lynch, added: “We are extremely excited about the future, not least because we now have one of Europe’s most state of the art production facilities.

“This will help us to accelerate the dynamic changes that were already under way prior to the fire.  We are now picking up where we left off but this new production site means we can move forward even faster.”