The Glazerite UK Group is celebrating its 20th birthday this year, marking two decades as a leading trade fabricator.
Group Managing Director, Jason Thompson, and, Chairman, John Hewitt, who founded the company in 2000, are still at the helm of the Wellingborough, Northants-based business, which has seen rapid growth in size, customer base and its product portfolio.
Built and still run on a desire to deliver a combination of high-quality products, exceptional customer service, and manufacturing expertise, 2020 might be a milestone, but it will also be very much ‘business as usual’ for the company.
John says: “It’s been our aim from the beginning to be a ‘best-in-class’ supplier and we will continue to strive to deliver that vision for our installer partners. We’ve recently invested in our manufacturing units to increase our size and capability, as well as installed a number of new machines to improve speed and efficiency. We’ve also grown our fleet to ensure a more robust delivery network for customers.
“To deliver the best in customer service we recognise the importance of our people, and have a number of training opportunities available to enhance our skillset, as well as a reward and recognition programme in place.”
Group MD Jason adds: “Our success not only depends on our people and that of our installer partners, but the suppliers we work with. We’re extremely fortunate to have partnered with industry leaders like the VEKA UK Group from the beginning, and still fabricate high quality products from them to this day. Since 2000 we’ve also added a number of other leading brands to our portfolio, giving us the opportunity to meet the needs of our customers and their own customers in terms of products, styles, colour, security, energy efficiency, and even smart technology.”
Originally run from a 1000 sq. ft. factory in Wellingborough, Glazerite has since moved into bigger premises in the town and opened its Specials Division, which focuses on fabricating the likes of R7 and R9. Further sites have opened – and since expanded – in Bolton and Peterborough, as well as a trade counter and sales office near Bristol, ensuring nationwide coverage for the fabricator and its customers.
Jason adds: “When we started the business back in 2000, we were producing one product, the VEKA Matrix 58mm, with a target of 40 frames a week. I would never have believed then that within 20 years we’d have grown to such a big entity, with the capability of manufacturing 4000 frames on a weekly basis.”
John agrees. He says: “We’re proud to have grown Glazerite into a sustainable business with a great future. We’re also privileged that suppliers like VEKA and a number of the customers who started our journey with us are still with us to this day.”
Glazerite plans to kickstart the year with a celebration for employees, an event that Jason hopes will be an opportunity to celebrate past successes, and mark the start of another 20 years in business. “We’re thrilled to have been part of the Glazerite journey so far, and we’re aiming to continue building and strengthening the business for our installer partners, employees and suppliers in 2020 and beyond.”
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