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Safran celebrates more than 1000 years of service by aerospace workers

Forty workers from Safran Nacelles in Bancroft Road reminisced about their many years working for the aerospace company during two Long Service awards events held at Burnley Football Club for employees marking 25,30,35,40 and 45 years.

Many of the employees started working at the company when it was Lucas Aerospace before it was bought by Hurel-Dubois in 1989. During the past 30 years the company has also been known as Hurel-Hispano and Aircelle Ltd until it was renamed under the Safran group umbrella in 2016.

Richard Butler clocked-up 45 years with the company – the most years’ service to be celebrated at this year’s long-service events.

Having started at the company in 1974 as apprentice with Lucas Aerospace, Richard is now a product quality manager, he said: “Having worked at the company 45 years, I have seen many changes and not just the various name changes.

“I have met and worked with some great people who I am still friends with today, during my time working on various programs from RB211 back in the 70’s to the latest programs A320neo, A330neo, Passport20 and Pearl700, I have seen some great improvements in the various manufacturing processes and the introduction of some fantastic new technologies.

“I have had some wonderful experiences working for this company and it makes me proud to have been part of its incredible journey.”

Speaking of their achievements, Michael Rigalle managing director of Safran Nacelles Ltd said: “It was a real honour to welcome some of our longest serving employees to our Long Service awards to mark their many years of service with the company; some who have been with us for more than 40 years. It was fantastic to hear their stories about how the company has changed and progressed in their time.

“Over the years many changes have happened to our business, and I am a proud that these colleagues have played such an important role in our growth. I am delighted that they have enjoyed their time with the company so much that they have chosen to work here for so many years.”