Thursday, October 29, 2015

News: Glassolutions expansion on the horizon?

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Glassolutions, part of the French multinational company, Saint-Gobain, could be about to expand its already large Rotherham operation.

Glassolutions is the UK's leading provider of glass and glazing solutions to the architectural, construction, building maintenance, door and window and insurance repair sectors.

In 2011 the company brought together three separate operating divisions at new 65,000 sq ft premises at Manvers in Rotherham. The division provides an end-to-end service for individual projects and major contracts ranging from £50 to £10m.

The 2011 move from Hellaby was prompted by sustained business growth and saw them locate to a lighter and larger factory with additional site space. The multi-million pound production and call centre operation was named Waterlands.

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Now a planning application has been submitted that would allow the firm to expand into a neighbouring vacant building on Brookfields Park.

Doncaster's Lazarus Properties has drawn up the plans with agents, GR Planning, which would enable the 38,673 sq ft call centre building, known as Horizon, to be converted to industrial use and house the fabrication of bespoke windows and roof framing systems. Ancillary uses include the storage of glass and associated products and the distribution of stored and manufactured products.

The property is being advertised by agents, Barnsdales.

The plans add that the operation could become 24/7 if the demand is there and that, initially, 12 new jobs are proposed but it is hoped that this will double within eighteen months.

The Saint-Gobain Group, which celebrates its 350th anniversary this year, has a turnover of €41.1 billion. In the UK, Glassolutions is a £120m turnover business with 1,100 employees operating from 22 locations.

Glassolutions website

Images: Barnsdales

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