Martham woman's goodbye after 36 years

FOR most people, egg cartons are items which seem to just appear on supermarket shelves, but one Martham woman know exactly how much work is involved in producing them.

FOR most people, egg cartons are items which seem to just appear on supermarket shelves, but one Martham woman know exactly how much work is involved in producing them.

Jenny Grimble retired from egg carton manufacturer Omni-Pac on Friday and admits she never realised how much work was involved in egg cartons - from design, production and distribution.

“You just walk into a supermarket and they are there. They are quite cosmetic in a way and each store wants to make them more attractive.”

After leaving a sales job at music publisher Galliards, on Queens Road, Yarmouth, Mrs Grimble joined the carton manufacturer, then known as Hartman Fibre, in January 1973 working in sales. She was 24.


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“Everything was done manually, we didn't have computers,” she said.

Mrs Grimble, of Helen Avenue, Martham, moved into a supervisors' role in customer services and retires as a sales administrator.

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She admits there have been some highs and lows in her career, particularly when Omni-Pac's South Denes factory was closed in 2003 after asbestos was found. Mrs Grimble said those left were lucky to keep their jobs.

The company's UK operations are organised from the Yarmouth office on South Denes Road while the cartons are made in the company's German factory, where production was moved following the closure of the plant, which employed 200 workers.

From the company's warehouse in Leicester cartons are distributed across the country.

She said: “I've enjoyed my time here; there have been ups and downs. We are a close team so you know what is going on in each other's lives. I will miss them.”

Born in Leicester Mrs Grimble's father was from Yarmouth and the family moved to the town when she was six. She attended Wroughton Infant School and Gorleston Girls School.

Married to Melvin, 60, Mrs Grimble is looking forward to spending more time walking and enjoying holidays in her retirement.

“I can't believe it's been 36 years, I don't know where the time has gone,” she said.

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