Agricultural business to open in Glenrothes

NEW ARRIVAL: Cllr Tony Martin, Cllr Peter Grant, Garry Smith (General Manager Netherton Tractors) Harry Barclay (Managing Director Netherton Tractors)
NEW ARRIVAL: Cllr Tony Martin, Cllr Peter Grant, Garry Smith (General Manager Netherton Tractors) Harry Barclay (Managing Director Netherton Tractors)
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Netherton Tractors, one of Scotland’s leading agricultural dealerships for equipment sales, parts and servicing is completing the construction of its new 33,000 sq ft facility in Southfield Industrial Estate in Glenrothes.

Netherton Tractors Limited was formed in 1987 when the John Deere franchise was awarded to Harry Barclay Senior. The business grew rapidly and continues to sell John Deere, Kverneland and other leading manufacturers and is now run by Harry Barclay who succeeded his father in 1995.

Local councillor, Peter Grant, in whose ward the new factory is situated, and chair of the Environment, Enterprise and Transportation Committee, Councillor Tony Martin’ visited the new facility and were given a guided tour by the manager of the Glenrothes operation, Gary Smith and owner, Harry Barclay.

Councillor Grant commenting on the visit said: “We were pleased to see at first hand how Netherton Tractors operates and appreciate the scale of investment involved in the project.

“We are exploring other opportunities for Netherton Tractors to develop links with the wider business community. The services that they provide could also benefit other businesses and allow Netherton to grow and diversify.

“Glenrothes remains an ideal location for businesses to looking to expand and invest during a period of challenging economic times.”

Chief executive, Harry Barclay said: “Since we have been operating from a temporary home in Eastfield Industrial Estate in Glenrothes we have recruited 13 employees and hope to expand that to 30 in the longer term. Our new facility will offer an extensive training facility in Agricultural machinery repairs and servicing. We look forward to extending this opportunity to other businesses as well as our own staff.”

Netherton Tractors Limited was offered the opportunity to expand their business, with the existing franchises, to cover Fife, Clackmannanshire, East Stirlingshire and Mid Lothian in 2008, and has been operating from its temporary home at Eastfield Industrial Estate.