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MORE SALES MEANS MORE STAFF FOR EVER-GROWING GLAZERITE

Glazerite Windows Ltd has boosted its workforce by nearly 25% in 2014 to stay ahead of growing demand for its expanding product range.

The trade fabricator has taken on 39 more people in this year alone, taking the total over 200, to stay on course for its target of £21million sales for 2014 – and now looks set to hit or even surpass that target.
Key management appointments, including some newly-created positions, were backed by recruitment to staff the company’s Specials factory, opened in May to focus on newly launched ranges in the year and a dedicated Sliding Sash line.

Glazerite Director Jason Thompson said: “Sales have been growing for many years but the market really took off for us and our customers in 2013 so we launched a major recruitment drive to make sure our customers are in the best position to take advantage of this. We are also forecasting further growth in demand in the next few years and aim to be fully prepared for this.”

Among the appointments was Lee Albright as North West General Manager, in charge of the Bolton manufacturing unit which has seen production increase by over a third in the last year. In three new positions, David Matthews is HR Manager, Michael Brown takes Digital Marketing and Chris Price rejoins the company to be Operations Manager. Also Paddy Dixon becomes Purchasing Manager and Richard Day takes the new dedicated role of Transport & Logistics Manager, which was formerly split with H&S.

The Specials unit, staffed by 18 appointments and internal moves, produces Glazerite’s newly-launched Residence 9 flush sash window and VEKA Imagine Bi-fold system as well as giving existing Sliding sash production its own dedicated line and staff for the first time.

The forecast target will see sales put on 17.5% year on year, just the latest in a series of double-digit increases that have marked the company’s history since its beginnings in the year 2000.

Glazerite is VEKA’s largest UK trade fabricator and a prominent Network VEKA member, with a reputation for unsurpassed customer service as well as a comprehensive product range. The company offers a fully nationwide service based on manufacturing units in Northants and Greater Manchester and a distribution hub in Bristol.

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Glazerite strengthens senior management team
The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has strengthened its senior management team with three new appointments and an internal promotion. The operations and technical-focused positions will allow the fabricator to further improve service levels across its three largest sites. Mark Towers joined Glazerite on 7th January 2019 as Bolton-based North West Division General Manager/ Director Designate. With over 25 years’ industry experience, Mark has worked to improve the output of a number of manufacturing operations, ranging from composite doors to glazing, and has also held senior positions at ODL Europe Limited, HansenGlass Processing, and HM Doors. Mark says: “It’s an exciting time to join Glazerite. I’m very much looking forward to working with the team at the Bolton site going forward, with an initial focus to continue improving standards at the site and carry out the investment and extension programme planned for this year.” Taking up the position of Group Operations Manager is Andrew Worroll, who will report directly into Group Operations Director, Ian Lloyd. He has over 20 years’ experience in operations, production and supply chain, and will focus mainly on Glazerite’s Wellingborough sites, in order to free up more of Ian’s time to focus on the Group Operations strategy. In December 2018, Glazerite also welcomed Mitchell Gooch, who took on the role of Group Technical and Processing Support Manager at the fabricator’s Peterborough site. Mitchell, who has previously worked in technical roles at SGM Windows Manufacturing Ltd, won the prestigious Apprentice of the Year G12 award while at Pioneer Trading Company Ltd. In addition to these key appointments, which form part of Glazerite’s strategy to better serve its growing base of installers, the fabricator has also announced that Chris Price is joining the board of Directors as Group Procurement Director. Chris will focus on further improving the product development programme and procurement process across the group going forward. Jason Thompson, Glazerite Director, says: “2018 was a challenging year for us and the industry as a whole. Despite this, we’ve increased our products and services portfolio, and strengthened our sales and marketing team with specialist expertise in areas like digital marketing. We have been stretched in some areas, which highlighted the need to further strengthen our senior management team. Now, with Mark, Andrew and Mitchell in place, we’re in the best possible position to go forward and achieve our plans for growth in 2019 and beyond. Combined with recent and planned future investment, we’re well-placed to serve our growing installer base and help them to become best-in-class.” (Above image from left to right, Andrew Worroll, Mitchell Gooch, Mark Towers)
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Glazerite sister company claims a G-award
The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has applauded fellow fabricators, AluFoldDirect, for their win at this year’s G18 Awards. The aluminium bi-folding doors and windows manufacturer won the Fabricator of the Year award, while Glazerite and fellow Wellingborough-based fabricator, Emplas, were runners up at the event, which took place on Friday 30th November at the Hilton Park Lane, London. Glazerite Managing Director, Jason Thompson, says “Winning the award ourselves in 2017 has been a great morale boost for our employees, and for our profile in the industry.  Although there was no award for us this year, we were thrilled for our sister company, Double R, who claimed the award in the Glass Company category and for our installer, The Window Company (Contracts), who succeeded as Installer of the Year.   “We had a fantastic night and would like to say thank you to the organisers. It’s always a great atmosphere and a good opportunity to catch up with old and new faces from across the industry.” Glazerite cemented their 2017 win with some further extensions to their already comprehensive portfolio, including new styles and colours across their composite doors and the addition of Residence 7 as a third option to their Flush Sash range. The next 12 months will see a major investment plan for Glazerite across its sites, including plant, machinery and factory expansion, in order to further support the growth of its ambitious business plans.
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