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By Fiona Reid
Lockerbie and Lochmaben
Jobs boost at tile firm

A RECRUITMENT drive is on the cards ahead of a record business year.

Lochmaben based roof tile manufacturer Russell Roof Tiles is seeking 15 new staff – production operatives and maintenance engineers.

The company is the largest independent manufacturer of concrete derivatives in the UK pitched roofing market and employs nearly 60 staff in Lochmaben, plus two other sites in Burton on Trent.

The company is predicting 2021 will be its best year ever, with an increase in turnover of 40 per cent, due to massive market growth as well as the company’s post covid strategy, which saw it resume manufacturing in a fully covid-compliant manner, before any of its competitors.

This growth is despite the fact that the construction industry is still experiencing huge materials shortages due to global demand for many materials, due to pent up demand because of lockdowns in 2020, as well as the supply chain output hit by the pandemic.

RRT’s response to Covid-19 meant that the company started 2021 with a strong order book, allowing it to invest £1.7 million at Lochmaben.

The firm now needs new recruits to help it continue to meet demand.

Managing director Andrew Hayward said: “We are certainly ‘Building Back Better’, with a predicted increase in turnover of 40 per cent year on year.

“2021 will be an exceptional year for the business, so, we have created two extra shifts to help meet demand.

“What we now need are new recruits to join our great team in Lochmaben to help us to continue to grow.”

Despite ceasing production when the first national lockdown was announced in March 2020, the business was quickly able to restart production at all of its three sites in May last year.


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