By DARA BUTTERFIELD
Proserv – the oil and gas engineering services supplier – is set to create 30 new jobs in Coatbridge after investing £500,000 to refurbish the B-listed landmark Lamberton’s engineering works in the town.
Lamberton’s was latterly home to KRG Industries prior to the company being acquired by Proserv earlier this year. KRG Industries, which has a second site in Stockton-on-Tees, specialises in delivering precision engineering services to the oil and gas and aerospace & defence industries.
Combined turnover at both facilities has risen by almost 25% from £18 million in 2013 to around £22.5 million this year.
Proserv now plans to increase the 181-strong workforce – most of whom are based in Coatbridge – by creating around 30 new jobs over the next 12 months. These new positions will include CNC machine operators, assembly, test, and quality technicians, as well as apprentices and office staff.
Brian Kinsey, Region President (Europe and West Africa) at Proserv, said: “We are committed to continuing to invest in our Coatbridge facility and building on its reputation as a centre of engineering excellence, one that is supported by our base in Stockton-on-Tees where we operate a fleet of high specification precision engineering equipment.
“KRG, which is one of the longest established businesses in Coatbridge, carved out a market-leading niche for itself as a dynamic company which provides cutting-edge, precision engineered components. As such, the company has proven a solid, strategic fit for Proserv by further enriching our global network of integrated operations through its far-reaching technical expertise and shared ethos to be the provider of choice.”
Work is soon to commence on the historic Russell Colt Street site in Coatbridge – including replacing the roof as well as creating a new extension to accommodate the of Proserv’s machining, assembly, test, cladding and coating businesses. Work is scheduled to be completed early next year.
Engineering is embedded in the roots of the facility’s central building which dates back to the late 19th centurey when Andrew Lamberton – a Coatbridge man and close friend of internationally-reknowned Scottish-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie – started his engineering works in 1882.
Lamberton later became one of Scotland’s most notable innovators, building his own steam engines, pumping water from the coalmines and creating rolling mills for nearby steelworks.