New as­phalt plant at Fur­nace quarry

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A NEW as­phalt plant at Fur­nace has been opened by Michael Rus­sell, MSP for Ar­gyll and Bute.

Fur­nace quarry is owned by Bree­don Group plc, which has op­er­ated there for more than 15 years.

The firm pro­duces ma­te­rial for the lo­cal con­struc­tion in­dus­try, em­ploy­ing more than 50 peo­ple.

The re­place­ment as­phalt plant is in re- sponse to de­mand from re­gional road and con­struc­tion schemes.

It re­places an old and in­creas­ingly in­ef­fi­cient plant which had reached the end of its use­ful life.

Alan Macken­zie, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Bree­don North­ern, ex­plained: ‘We all ap­pre­ci­ate the need to keep our roads in good con­di­tion, es­pe­cially in a ru­ral area like Ar­gyll and Bute. We’re pleased to have been sup­port­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity in this way for many years and this in­vest­ment will en­able us to con­tinue do­ing so for many to come.’

Mr Rus­sell added: ‘It’s great to see the in­vest­ment, not only in this fa­cil­ity, but also from the lo­cal con­trac­tors who are all in­vest­ing in the road net­work, which is a long-term com­mit­ment in Ar­gyll and Bute.’

Bree­don area gen­eral man­ager Kenny Ste­wart, left, with Michael Rus­sell MSP.

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