After 87 years, one of Cupar’s best known businesses has closed its doors and moved to Dundee.
Houston’s of Cupar, which had traded in the area for generations, is now based at the home of the PressureFab Group /Twickler Industries.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Twickler Industries Ltd had acquired Houston’s of Cupar Limited, which operated latterly from an industrial estate at Cupar Muir.
Hermann Twickler, managing director of Twickler Industries, said this week that the Houston’s business had been moved to Dundee, with the transfer still in progress.
No jobs had been lost in the process and Houston’s 15 remaining employees had now transferred to Dundee.
He said it was not an easy decision to close the Cupar Muir premises and transfer the business.
The main problem had been that, prior to and after the takeover of Houston’s, some workers were leaving the company to take on short-term contracts with other Fife firms.
“I was hoping we could have sustained the operation in Cupar but, unfortunately, that was not possible, with some workers pursing other job opportunities,” he said.
“It’s a difficult labour market in Fife and we felt it was easier to merge the businesses.”
Mr Twickler gave an assurance that the Houston’s name would be retained and was a brand in its own right.
He added that, with the plate rolling and machining capabilities that Houston’s had brought on board, customers were now being offered a complete range of services.
Houston’s, founded in 1927, operated for many years in Station Road, Cupar, before discount supermarket group Lidl took over the site.
Houston’s was owned previously by Andy Curran, who said at the time of the takeover: “I am certain that the company and staff will be in good hands with Hermann, and am also very excited at the prospect of him bringing the same type of rapid growth to Houston’s of Cupar that he has brought to Twickler Industries and its subsidiaries.”
Over the years, Houston’s built up a fine reputation for the fabrication of all grades of steel, stainless steel, aluminium and brass, including steel staircase manufacture.
The engineering shop was equipped with a range of machines, including press brakes and guillotines.
Contracts included fabricated steel structures for wave and wind turbines.
Houston’s one-stop metal fabrication shop at Cupar Muir undertook projects from design through to manufacture and on to installation, fabricating steel and other metals for companies throughout Scotland and beyond.
Its specialist welders and fabricators are experienced in the fabrication of many materials.
They have worked on an almost limitless range of products and services.