Jobs expansion for Carrick success story

FIFTY jobs could be created in South Carrick as a local success story plans a major expansion.

SAS International are about to start an ambitious expansion scheme which has the potential to create around 50 jobs in Maybole.

Carrick MSP Adam Ingram managed to persuade First Minister Alex Salmond to call in to Maybole last week on his way to opening the Arecleoch windfarm where Mr Salmond saw first hand what the company had achieved and also heard of plans for the town by-pass.

Commenting on the First Minister’s visit Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley MSP, Mr Ingram said: “I was delighted to accompany the First Minister to visit SAS International.

“The company is a great local success story; employing around 100 people, mostly from the local area, and about to start work on an ambitious expansion which has the potential to create an additional 50 quality jobs.”

“I was also pleased to see John Gemmell, the Operations Manager at SAS, take the opportunity to seek the Scottish Government’s support for the company’s future expansion plans and to raise other issues of economic interest to the area, including the need for a bypass around the town.”

“The A77 through Maybole is a notorious bottle neck, yet the road is of increasing strategic importance as the main arterial route between central Scotland and Ireland - a key trading partner - not least with the new ferry terminal at Cairnryan due to open later in the year.”

“The First Minister recognises the impact the poor road infrastructure in the area has on economic productivity as well as the problems it brings for residents and commuters. This is why he is very supportive of a bypass”.

“However, in voicing his support the First Minister also emphasised to Mr Gemmell and Peter Mason, Chair of the Maybole Bypass Committee, the budgetary constraints the Scottish Government faces with regards to capital projects, but stated that securing additional borrowing powers from Westminster could provide a potential solution.”

“I believe there is now a window of opportunity to secure a commitment to include the bypass within any new transport programme which might be considered as capital funds become available.”

SAS International, a world leading manufacturer of interior building products, recently won planning permission to extend its manufacturing facilities in Maybole.

To be constructed on a previous landfill site, the extension will add capacity to its range of metalwork products.

Mark McElhinney, Managing Director of SAS International comments; “The expansion at Maybole is a result of significant growth and demand for our high quality, innovative, bespoke architectural metalwork for projects within the UK and our growing export markets.

“It shows our ongoing commitment to invest and develop our UK based manufacturing facilities.”

SAS International is currently the largest employer within Maybole and will be even more important with the added jobs.

John Gemmell, operations director at Maybole, added: “This investment not only secures existing jobs at the site but we also expect to recruit around 50 additional staff once the site is fully operational; it enables us to continue to play a pivotal role within the local community.”

SAS International has been manufacturing metalwork products at Maybole for 25 years. The products manufactured includes acoustic baffles and wall panelling, service bulkheads and rafts, column casings and bespoke integrating metal solutions.