Ayrshire window company construction team to meet demand

A LONG-ESTABLISHED Ayrshire window firm has gone down the recruitment road as it seeks to capitalize on strong demand for its services in the commercial and domestic sectors.

Andrew Wright Windows, who has been in three different families since the company was founded in 1937, is looking to add up to 28 people to its workforce in a range of roles. The Irvine-based company currently has 100 employees.

The expansion drive comes after a string of contracts won by major homebuilders, with demand from homeowners also strong as soaring energy prices prompt more people to take steps to better insulate their homes. Commercial customers include Cruden East & West, Morrison, Robertson, Urban Union and Ashleigh.

Andrew Wright, which was acquired by the Berry family in the mid-1990s, has recently invested almost £1million in state-of-the-art production equipment and new vehicles to meet its growth aspirations.

Revenue is expected to hit £8million in the business’ current financial year after two years of pandemic-induced disruption. However, it remained profitable in each of those two years, despite being forced to close for 16 weeks and 18 weeks respectively due to coronavirus restrictions.

Managing Director Charlie Berry said: “We are experiencing a significant increase in household inquiries which, alongside growing success on the business front, has driven this staff growth to its highest level ever.

“We have a fantastic team here at Andrew Wright Windows, it’s a great place to work and we look forward to welcoming new colleagues on board.”

Mr Berry added: “We are quite positive about how things are going. We expect to have in this calendar year an increase in our turnover, so we are quite positive here. We engage more and more large construction companies who ask us to supply them with windows for their construction projects.

Andrew Wright’s growth is being achieved against a backdrop of runaway inflation as businesses face rising input costs and continued supply chain disruption that has its roots in the pandemic.

Asked if there were fears that the housing construction sector could slow due to the cost of living crisis, Mr Berry told the Herald: “I can’t predict that in the two coming years. I think it will continue to thrive. That’s our forecast and the way we look at it.

“Certainly talking to some of the majors we deal with… they’re also all positive about the future. We accompany them. »

He admitted that rising input costs are “a bit of a challenge right now…but we’re staying ahead of the game.”

The company has two separate plants located close to each other in Irvine, one for processing sheet glass to make it stronger and safer, the other for manufacturing finished products such as double and triple glazed UPVC units, and sash and casement windows.

The company, which is one of the largest private employers in its hometown, has a current annual production capacity of 30,000 units.

In addition to supplying commercial customers such as home builders and homeowners, Andrew Wright Windows serves commercial customers, who purchase windows for their own customers. All three divisions are expected to increase volumes and revenue this year, Berry said.

Asked if the company was having difficulty finding staff, Mr Berry said it was “not easy” but he was making progress with the help of recruitment firms. He noted that the company provides technical training to new hires.

Mr. Berry is joined in the family business by his wife Bernardine, his son and his daughter who work respectively in its finance, domestic and commercial departments.

Laura J. Boyer