MP hears of pitched roof tile manufacturer’s expansion plans

Bruce Laidlaw and Alister Jack

PITCHED roof tile manufacturer Russell Roof Tiles recently received a visit from Alister Jack MP, the UK Government’s secretary of state for Scotland.

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

Russell Roof Tiles has launched a recruitment drive in anticipation of a ‘record’ year for the business. The company said that due to its ‘dynamic response’ to the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 began with a ‘strong’ order book and a £1.7 million investment in improvements to its manufacturing plant.

Alister Jack said, “It was great to visit Russell Roof Tiles today, to meet their staff and hear first-hand about their ambitious expansion plans. They 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. Russell Roof Tiles is also taking on apprentices.