Governor from States visits Kempston company during trade mission

Laura Whincup, CEO of Fords, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Dave Hodgson, Mayor of Bedford.
Laura Whincup, CEO of Fords, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Dave Hodgson, Mayor of Bedford.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and key leaders from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) visited a Kempston company as part of a trade mission to the United Kingdom.

Governor Walker, WEDC Secretary and CEO Reed Hall as well as other key leaders from the corporation visited Fords Packaging Systems Ltd manufacturing facility in Kempston on Thursday, February 12.

They were joined by Bedford and Kempston MP Richard Fuller, Dave Hodgson, Mayor of Bedford Borough and Mark Oakley, Head of Economic Development at Bedford Borough Council.

The visit formed part of their face-to-face meetings with UK business executives to attract companies that best fit into Wisconsin’s growth sectors and who plan to expand in the US in the near future.

The four-day trade mission focused on attracting foreign investment to Wisconsin. The state delegation met with trade-related government officials, business associations, universities and industry clusters that align with Wisconsin’s business strengths, namely the manufacturing sector.

Laura Whincup, CEO of Fords said: “I am pleased that Governor Walker has chosen to visit Fords Packaging during this exciting time of growth.

“Fords has supported the world’s food and beverage market for more than 90 years and we export 90% of our products throughout the world, with the USA representing our single largest market. I am delighted to welcome the Governor and look forward to future collaborations which will strengthen our position in the USA”.

Fords Packaging Systems Ltd, founded in 1924, is a leading supplier of capping and sealing solutions and has supplied over 10,000 machines to 76 countries.

Fords own products include capping presses as well as rotary and linear sealers, induction and conduction, all of which are designed and manufactured at the company’s modern factory premises at Kempston.