• Six figure construction contract awarded to neighbouring Govan business
  • Building work is part of £500,000 investment expected to create 10 new jobs

 Work has begun to extend the Glasgow headquarters of Rearo Laminates Ltd, the Scottish manufacturer of bathroom and kitchen wall panels, worktops and flooring.

The £200,000 project has been made possible by a £500,000 Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grant, and will add some 2,000 sq ft to form a link area between Rearo’s two existing factory premises. The company plans to invest the remainder of the funding in new and upgraded machinery, such as a new bonding and panel processing line.

Graham Mercer, managing director of Rearo, said: “The expanded factory will provide vital space to support our ambitious growth plans, including a new sampling and marketing suite, and we expect the overall investment to create 10 new jobs at the company.

“We are targeting sales of more than £5m of our new Selkie waterproof panel system in the first year so we need to hold a large amount of stock to be able to deliver to customers quickly.

“We have already invested around £250,000 in transforming production processes and working practices, developing new products and embedding a commitment to customer service across the company.  This gives us a solid platform from which to target larger construction projects in the hotel, restaurant and social housing sectors.”

Rearo has seven customer branches across the UK, as well as its Govan premises.  The company is going through a period of growth, with turnover now reaching £10m.

Govan-based AGM Group awarded contract

Construction work on the expansion will be carried out by a neighbouring Govan-based company, AGM Group Ltd.  Work is expected to be complete by spring 2018.

Andrew Meek, Managing Director of AGM Group said: “Rearo have supplied their products to many AGM projects and it is now our turn to return the favour. With this project we are linking Rearo’s operations, enhancing our supply chain, building better relations and improving the future of both businesses. “

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Notes to Editors
Rearo is a Scottish family business with a £10m turnover and around 100 employees.  From its Glasgow HQ, the company designs and manufactures beautiful and durable worktops, wall panels and flooring for commercial use as well as domestic bathrooms and kitchens.

Rearo recently launched its new ‘Selkie’ waterproof panel system for bathrooms and is targeting sales of more than £5m in the first year, thanks to its UK-wide distribution and sales network, complemented by branch showrooms for walk-in trade and personal customers.