Open day to help Glenrothes Velux staff

Approximately 180 jobs are affected at Fife Joinery Manufacturing. Pic: FPA
Approximately 180 jobs are affected at Fife Joinery Manufacturing. Pic: FPA

Fife Council is working together with Velux Group to help those affected by the closure of its Glenrothes site.

Following the news towards the end of last year of job losses at the Viewfield site, the manufacturing business Fife Joinery Manufacturing will close by autumn and its distribution services will be relocated within the UK.

Approximately 180 manufacturing and distribution jobs are affected.

A business open day was held last week by Fife Joinery Manufacturing, and supported by Fife Council’s economic development team.

The event which was designed to allow interested parties and potential new investors to take a tour of the manufacturing facility attracted attendees from across the Kingdom’s business community.

Those interested got the chance to meet the highly skilled employees and take a tour of the plant.

Lesley Laird, depute Council leader and its spokesman for economy and planning, said: “The event was very positively received and gave the company a chance to showcase the wealth of talent they have.

“We hope those who attended will be able to help those affected by the site closure and that it will lead to new employment opportunities.

“This event is one of a range of ways the Council’s economic development team can help businesses in Fife.”

Graham G. Johnstone, managing director of Fife Joinery Manufacturing Limited, Velux’s production site, added: “This event has given our fantastic employees the opportunity to showcase their skills and abilities to a wide range of businesses in the local area.

“I genuinely believe that our employees are some of the best available and know that any of the organisations who attended today will achieve an enormous ‘win’ in recruiting them.”

Story behind redundancies

Velux Ltd confirmed last October that the 180 employees at Fife Joinery Manufacturing Ltd., would be made redundant as part of the company’s strategic review of operations.

The local workforce and 65 employees at the Bagsvaerd factory in Denmark, were told their jobs would be axed.

Senior managers at the specialist window manufactures said that following the closure the distribution centre would be moved south to the Midlands to improve distribution efficiencies.

Local politicans Lindsay Roy MP and Tricia Marwick MSP met with representatives from Velux in an attempt to save the workforce, however this proved unsuccessful.