Blaze firm to reopen in Glenrothes factory

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CHRISTMAS is looking brighter for employees of Production Glassfibre in Kirkcaldy after the huge fire which destroyed the company’s factory on the town’s Mitchelston Industrial Estate last week.

Less than a week after the blaze the company has secured a new factory in Glenrothes from which it hopes to start production early in the new year.

Speaking exclusively to the Press on Tuesday, Phil Dryburgh, owner of the company, said that the new factory was on Southfield Industrial Estate, and everything was being done to prepare the factory to start production as soon as possible.

“So far our customers have been understanding, but I appreciate that they have to be pragmatic about their own businesses so we are working intensely to make sure we create minimal disruption to them,” he explained.

“Some work is being done at our three English factories where we have another 200 employees, but we will try everything in our power to keep the jobs in Scotland.

“The fire completely devastated the factory.

‘‘Our main priority is to get things up and running for our customers because, without them we won’t have a business.

‘‘The plan in the long run is to rebuild the factory in Kirkcaldy, but obviously that will take time and we hope to operate from Glenrothes in the meantime.”

Mr Dryburgh said that Production Glass Fibre had been in Fife for over 20 years, the last 12 in Kirkcaldy.