Spotlight on... Sam Maxted, Linishing Supervisor

By The Wilks Team 25 February 2020

Spotlight on… Sam Maxted, Linishing Supervisor

Lifelike graining as standard? It's all in a days work for the linishing department.


Sam Maxtedr

Tell us about your background. What did you do before joining the Wilks team? I worked in a variety of production roles including ingredient preparation, manufacturing and packaging for a famous preserve manufacturer before joining the team at Wilks.


How long have you worked here? I have been at Wilks for just over five years, starting as a Linisher before progressing to Linishing Supervisor.


Tell us about a typical day – what does your job involve? The linishing department is responsible for sanding all wood-effect PVC extrusions manufactured within in the Wilks factory including the Flexiteek 2G synthetic teak range.

It's our job to reveal lifelike graining on each product through a variety of methods, ensuring the graining differs to replicate natural wood.

Quality checking as you can imagine is essential in my role; I check the thickness, shade, roughness and edge of every coil to ensure the product is of the highest standard before being processed by our store's department and sent all around the world.


What do you enjoy most about your job? The best part of my role is working with a team; I work closely with the factory, sales team and the stores.


What would you say your biggest achievement at Wilks has been so far? Being promoted to Linishing Supervisor is my biggest achievement. I now enjoy training others on how to use the linishing machine, bench drill and hand-held sander – all vital to any role in the department.


Sam Maxted

How can you see your role developing in the future? I think the future for Wilks is exciting; especially since becoming part of Flexiteek. The tool room is always looking at ways to develop and push forward. You will have to keep an eye on this space!


What has been the weirdest thing you've had to do – or your strangest moment? We take pride in making sure our PVC profiles look as close to wood as possible. So much so, that they are often mistaken for the real thing. We had a visitor jump at the sight of me picking up a Flexiteek trim profile last year. The PVC profile flopped in half, I'm not sure if they thought it was my sheer strength, but they were certainly taken aback!


What advice would you give to anyone wanting to do a similar role? Getting to know the product range is important for any role within the factory, especially linishing. Every profile is different and requires unique attention.


What do you do in your spare time? I am a big amateur dramatics fan and have recently set up a drama group in a neighbouring town. I am looking forward to writing some original material and performing it on stage this spring. Alongside this, I keep busy playing football, snooker and squash.