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Blairs investing £1 million to boost windows factory

Alex GrayScottish manufacturer Blairs Windows is investing £1 million next year in its Inverclyde facility to introduce a new production line.

The investment marks the latest step in the transformation of the brand, founded in 1913, since it was rescued by Sandy and James Easdale in 2011. 

Its wooden frame window business has moved from strength to strength over this period, including contract wins for Victorian buildings in the Olympic Park in London.

The Greenock factory will be transformed to make way for automated machinery and systems, while 20 jobs will be created taking the payroll to more than 80.

Managing Director, Alex Gray, said: “It’s important that we keep evolving. This is a real sign of confidence in our product, our suppliers and most importantly, our employees.”

This development follows the formation of the Saveheat Group in 2017 which includes Blairs Windows, Blairs Aluminium, Merlin Network and Saveheat Glass.

The group hopes the new investment will £4m to its turnover of more than £16m over the next two years.

The outlay is the latest investment from Sandy and James Easdale in Inverclyde, following the recent purchases of Cappielow Trade Park and the former Misco warehouse in deals totalling almost £5m.

Sandy Easdale said: “We’ve been delighted with the progress Blairs has made over these past seven years. We have real faith in the Blairs workforce and this investment will allow further development in the company and the markets we can cultivate.

“As we said around the time of our recent property purchases, we are intent on investing heavily in our businesses and in Inverclyde and this is more evidence of that commitment.”

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