Russell Roof Tiles welcomes Secretary of State

Russell Roof Tiles welcomes Secretary of State

Russell Roof Tiles has been handpicked by the UK government as a great example of a business ‘building back better’ with a special visit from the Secretary of State for Scotland.

The firm welcomed Alister Jack MP on 8 July to the 11-acre Halleaths site in Lochmaben – a year since UK Government published its Plan for Jobs.

Russell Roof Tiles is now the largest independent manufacturer of concrete derivatives in the UK pitched roofing market and employs approx. nearly 60 staff in Lochmaben plus two other sites in Burton on Trent.

This comes at an exciting time for the company which has recently launched a major recruitment drive for what is expecting will be a record year for the business. This is due to the firm’s dynamic response to the Covid-19 pandemic that meant the company started 2021 with a strong order book and a £1.7m investment in improvements to its manufacturing plant.

Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland said: “It was great to visit Russell Roof Tiles today, to meet the staff and hear first-hand about its ambitious expansion plans. It is are a great example of a business which has benefited from the UK Government’s furlough scheme and are now taking on staff and looking to the future now the economy is reopening.”

Bruce Laidlaw, Production Director at Russell Roof Tiles added: “We are certainly building back better and investing in our business after the challenge of last year.  We’re now focused on looking for new recruits to join our team at this exciting period of growth.”

The company is recruiting for mechanical engineers and operators for its Lochmaben site as well as forklift truck drivers and is also taking on apprentices to nurture youngsters to start a career in manufacturing.

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