Wrekin invests in Scottish expansion

Richard Stewart

WITH Scottish construction output figures approaching pre-recession levels, keeping sufficient stocks of products is vitally important. So says Richard Stewart, Regional Sales and Operations Manager for Wrekin Products.

“The logistical problem of supplying construction materials across Scotland is most acute within specialist construction materials, where contractors often have to wait for products to be shipped up from southern- based warehouses,” Richard explained. “Wrekin Products investment in its ductile iron manhole cover and geosynthetics distribution centre puts stock on the ground in Scotland for contractors and builders’ merchants in a sector where a fast order turnaround is important.”

Wrekin Products recently invested in its Linlithgow premises, which it has operated since 2006.

Richard Stewart joined the firm,  bringing with him 14 years’ experience supplying drainage and civil engineering materials in Scotland. “Working through builders’ merchants, Wrekin Products has always had a good presence,” Richard added. “With increasing demand, merchant customers rely on us to keep the right stocks of manhole covers, gullies, geotextiles and geogrids at our distribution centre. The central location means many contractors who order from their merchant get it the same day using the drive-in-and-collect service at our depot.

“Investment in road, rail and water infrastructure is providing strong growth for the construction sector in Scotland. The ability to support companies with high performance products through our robust local supply network is central to Wrekin Products’ expansion plan in Scotland.”

This demand for high performance products is being driven by the requirements of transport and utilities organisations to reduce future maintenance costs.

Wrekin Products is experiencing a significant increase in the specification of products that offer an extended life expectancy such as its Unite manhole cover.