Significant investment at a Levenmouth company is triggering hopes that greater autonomy and a higher industrial profile are in the pipeline.
A major new production line was launched recently by Naylor, a manufacturer of building and construction products, which has premises off Sea Road in Methil.
Local MSP David Torrance was the special guest at the opening ceremony to celebrate the new addition, worth around £750,000.
Hopes are high among the bosses and 19 staff that it will allow the firm to manufacture its own fittings in Levenmouth, as well as a lot of the goods it currently receives from its head office in Barnsley, and elsewhere.
Among its specialities is plastic drainage and ducting, including twin-walled pipes, which have an inner and outer layer.
These are used by a range of industries, including farming and many others.
Builders and merchants currently buy a range of Naylor-manufactured goods for supply to the construction industry.
“It pushes us that bit further forward and gives us more control of our own destiny,” said Jim Crawford, divisional managing director.