19 JUL 2013

Helen Visits ADL

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, visited Automotive Distributors Limited (ADL) and had a tour of their offices in Marden, Kent.

ADL is a specialist automotive parts company that currently exports to over 50 countries, and provides Asian and American car parts to aftermarket.

Founded in 1988, following a management buyout from Mazda in Tonbridge, ADL now employs 230 people with a turnover of £75 million.  The company plans to recruit around 50 more people this year, with an additional 100 jobs being created over the next three years.

Currently based in Marden, the company has strong connections to the local area with 95% of ADL's employees living in Kent, and 90% living in Maidstone itself.  ADL's commitment to the local community is further shown through the training and development offered in the company's Apprenticeship Scheme.

Speaking outside ADL's Offices, Helen Grant MP said:

"It has been an absolute pleasure to visit ADL and to hear about their plans for the future.  They are a real local success story and have such a positive impact on the local economy.  They provide wonderful career opportunities for the people of Maidstone, and I am delighted to see that they are going from strength to strength, with the planned expansion of their workforce giving the region a real boost".

ADL Operations Manager, Paul Dodgson added:

"We were delighted to welcome Helen to ADL and were encouraged by her enthusiasm for our business, acknowledgement of our export achievement, and recognition that ADL's continuing success will significantly contribute to the support and development of the local economy".

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