Key turned on Fife door fac­tory as CMS grows

Group in­vests more than £500,000 in new Kirk­caldy fa­cil­ity

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - BUSINESS - Gra­ham huband busi­ness ed­i­tor ghuband@the­courier.co.uk

A ma­jor door man­u­fac­tur­ing cen­tre has opened in Fife fol­low­ing an in­vest­ment of more than half a mil­lion pounds.

The new 8,500 square foot CMS Win­dow Sys­tems fa­cil­ity at Kirk­caldy will ini­tially pro­duce around 200 PVCU door sets a week.

Longer term, the site will also pro­duce a range of com­pos­ite doors and fire doors ca­pa­ble of pro­vid­ing pro­tec­tion to trapped oc­cu­pants for up to one hour.

The in­vest­ment has also boosted ca­pac­ity at pri­vate eq­uity-backed CMS’S ex­ist­ing re­cy­cling plant in the Fife town.

The group, which said a num­ber of jobs had been cre­ated at the Fife site, in­clud­ing two mod­ern ap­pren­tice­ships, signed off on the in­vest­ment in re­sponse to the record growth it has had on the back of ris­ing de­mand for its prod­ucts from house­builders, so­cial hous­ing providers, trade cus­tomers and con­trac­tors.

The fa­cil­ity was of­fi­cially opened by MSP David Tor­rance.

He said: “It is fan­tas­tic to see this in­vest­ment in new man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs here in Kirk­caldy and I’m de­lighted that CMS Win­dow Sys­tems has cho­sen the town as the lo­ca­tion for its new fac­tory.

“It’s an ex­tremely wel­come move which will en­able CMS to ben­e­fit from a high qual­ity lo­cal work­force and Kirk­caldy’s ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion for serv­ing the whole of Scot­land.”

The open­ing of the Fife fac­tory has coin­cided with a switch in lead­er­ship at CMS as founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive Andy Kerr moves to a new role as group deputy chair­man.

Chief oper­at­ing of­fi­cer David Ritchie has re­placed Mr Kerr as the Cum­ber­nauld head­quar­tered group’s new CEO.

“We’re de­lighted to be open­ing our new pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity in Kirk­caldy and pro­vid­ing ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in this area,” Mr Ritchie said.

“Our in­vest­ment strength­ens our place in a com­mu­nity that we have been part of for more than a decade as the main win­dow and door part­ner to Fife Coun­cil for its so­cial hous­ing pro­grammes, as well as be­ing in­volved with many lo­cal school build­ing projects and the con­struc­tion of the Dun­fermline Carnegie Li­brary and Gal­leries.”

CMS is one of Scot­land’s fastest grow­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing firms, with an­nual rev­enues of £35.3 mil­lion in 2017 and over 250 staff on its books.

Pic­ture: Stu­art Wal­lace.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive David Ritchie with staff and guests in­clud­ing David Tor­rance MSP at the open­ing of the new CMS Win­dows fa­cil­ity in Kirk­caldy.

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