Lochmaben roof tile manufacturer gets green light for £1.7m investment

LOCHMABEN-based pitched roof tile manufacturer Russell Roof Tiles, has confirmed it has been given the go-ahead for a £1.7 million plant and building works.

The manufacturer revealed that initial site preparations started in the spring, but the company has now secured full planning permission to start major upgrade works to its utility plant on the 11-acre site at Lochmaben.

The project will involve investment in a replacement building to house a new packing system, including the firm’s first robotic packer. Russell Roof Tiles is also carrying out a full electrical upgrade and introducing mechanical improvements across key machinery.

The firm has launched a recruitment drive in anticipation of a ‘record’ year for the business.

Andrew Hayward, MD at Russell Roof Tiles, said, “Due to Covid-19 our planning application was delayed but we have pushed ahead with all of the early works to the site we could to prepare.  It’s an exciting time for the team, now that the major construction and investment can start which will help us to both increase manufacturing efficiencies in Lochmaben.”

The new production line will be operational early in 2022.