Scottish glass company expands

Gary Thorn

The manufacturer has fitted out and moved into an 8,400 square foot factory near its former 4,200 square foot premises at Cumbernauld’s Tannoch Place, which it now leases.

The expansion, which follows a string of contract wins, is followed by the opening of a new showroom this month.

Gary Thorn, Founder and Managing Director of Cube Glass, said: “We originally planned to expand to meet growing demand, but the opportunity to purchase the new premises came at the right time.

“Everything was financed from the company’s resources, without any outside investment, and the fittings – showroom, meeting rooms, air-conditioned offices – make the new premises a brand new factory. I have to thank Senior Architectural Systems, Metal Technology and Schüco, who provided elements such as windows and doors.

“We have also invested £170,000 in a new CNC [computer numerical control] machine that will significantly streamline and speed up the manufacturing process, allowing us to improve productivity, accuracy and better meet customer needs.

The new showroom will feature products from suppliers such as sliding and folding doors, curtain walls and windows, as well as the full line of entrance doors from French manufacturer Bel’M.

Most of the company’s sales are made to large companies such as CCG, Cruden, CM Steel, Clark Contracts and Morris & Spottiswood. He is set to complete a major contract at Edinburgh’s Heriot Watt University to replace windows and doors in a deal worth over £1.2million.

Turnover in October last year was £3.4m, up from £3m the previous year and Thorn expects £3.5m for this year taking into account investment costs. The company employs 14 full-time people and two apprentices and is currently recruiting to support its growth.

The company focuses on curtain walls, doors, windows, glass roof systems and storefronts, as well as bullet, bomb and blast resistant glass.

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Michael J. Chiaramonte