Fracino pays tribute to valuable contribution of former works manager

Witton manufacturer Fracino has paid tribute to the valuable contribution of its former works manager, John Allen, 64, who recently passed away following an illness.

Fracino MD Adrian Maxwell said that during his 17 years in the role, Mr Allen had made a significant contribution to key areas including the growth of company’s production capabilities which tripled during this period.

He said: “John was instrumental in significantly improving the methodology of our production capabilities. His vast engineering skills had a major impact on the design and manufacture of prototypes and, in particular, the design and production of specialist aids to facilitate the assembly of the wiring looms which he re-engineered on the entire Fracino range of machines.

“He was a man of his time who freely gave his advice and passed on his skills to all of his staff and it is unlikely that we will ever find anyone with his capabilities and in-depth knowledge of yesteryear’s engineering who could adapt to 21st century state of the art machinery.”

Adrian described Mr Allen as a kind gentle and compassionate family man whose concern for his family’s welfare and achievements was paramount.

He added: “He will be sadly missed by all who knew him at Fracino, but most of all by his dear wife Linda and children, Matt, Katie, Jamie and his beloved Grandchildren that he adored. Our thoughts are with his family and their loss at this sad time.”

Mr Allen’s funeral takes place on Monday 25th March at 9:40 at Gornal Wood cemetery, Chase Road, Gornal Wood, Dudley. The family has asked for contributions to go to Ward 625 at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.