Fire-safety specialist Blaze Manufacturing moves to bigger HQ in Laurencekirk after £15m contract wins


Howard Johnson, Managing Director, Blaze Manufacturing Solutions.
Howard Johnson, Managing Director, Blaze Manufacturing Solutions.

A specialist North-east oil and gas industry fire safety protection company has relocated its headquarters to new premises in Laurencekirk after winning £15 million worth of new orders.

Blaze Manufacturing Solutions – launched in 2006 by Howard and Ann Johnson – has moved from its base on the outskirts of Stonehaven to a new site on an acre of land in Laurencekirk Business Park.

The company, which works with major oil and gas operators to design and supply fire protection systems and loss prevention services, has invested £500,000 in the offices, which are double the size of its former premises.

Blaze House is home to 30 members of staff and 100 contractors. Design and engineering teams, procurement, business support and workshop facilities are all located at the new base.

The company is also investing £30,000 a year in new offices in Kemnay, near Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, which will focus on specialist environmental engineering. Eight new members of staff, including general manager, Bill Cunningham, will be based at the site.

The company, which was set up to serve clients in the Brownfield market, also has a regional office in Great Yarmouth to meet demand from southern North Sea operations and a southern sales office in Milton Keynes.

The firm operates predominantly in the oil and gas sector working directly with end users and contractors.

Howard Johnson, Managing Director, Blaze Manufacturing Solutions, said: “Blaze has had an extremely strong start to 2014. It was therefore essential to relocate our headquarters to a bigger base to ensure we can cope with demand from our clients.

 “The new Kemnay office will also allow us to focus on our specialist environmental engineering services which will take Blaze into a complementary service industry associated with the control and management of hazardous areas and module integrity.”

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