Growth leads to the creation of 28 new jobs at Irvine windows company

Irvine-based Andrew Wright Windows has created 28 new jobs as a result of the company’s recent growth.

A series of commercial contracts won with home builders, along with growing demands from domestic customers – many of whom are driven by a desire to insulate their homes better – have led to the need for new hires.

The new jobs include carpenters and window fitters, administrative staff, a domestic facilities manager and production operators at its two production sites in Irvine.

Recruitment will be staggered over the next three months.

Along with expanding its workforce, the company has also recently invested nearly £1 million in new production equipment and vehicles.

Founded in 1937, Andrew Wright Windows is one of the oldest window manufacturing companies in the UK and one of Irvine’s largest private employers, currently providing work for around 100 people.

The company manufactures double and triple glazed UPVC windows, with a current annual production capacity of 30,000 units.

Andrew Wright Windows has remained family-owned for most of its 85-year history and was acquired by current owners, the Berry family, in the mid-1990s.

Company owners Charlie and Bernardine Berry

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.”

Started in Ayr by Andrew Sloan Wright, among the company’s most important early works were the glazing of Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, its role as the main glazing company at the 1938 British Empire Exhibition in Bellahouston Park and his contribution to the restoration of Belfast after the Blitz of 1941.

Wright was also chairman of Ayr United FC and was actively involved with the club for over 20 years. Four stained glass windows he donated to the club are still on display in the club’s boardroom at Somerset Park to this day.

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