Near £1 million pound investment sees Peterlee glass manufacturer expand

From left to right: Simon Quin (Lloyds), Lesley Williams (Lloyds), Adrian Philp (Lloyds), Graeme Hawes, (MD PLG Glass) and Mark Smith (Lloyds).

Near £1 million pound investment sees Peterlee glass manufacturer expand

One of the UK’s leading architectural glass processors is set to increase production and boost sales, after moving to a new factory and investing in three specialist machines.

County Durham based PLG Glass has purchased a new glass toughening furnace, a vertical CNC station and glass washing machine with support of a £950,000 asset finance package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Investing in the new machinery will enable the company to offer over-size glass processing and streamline its production processes, resulting in improved productivity to reduce lead-time and drive sales growth.

The investment follows a significant period of expansion for the company, which moved to a new 60,000 sq ft site in July this year.

PLG Glass was founded in 1977 as a call out emergency glazing service. It now manufactures specialist glass products for retail, architectural and domestic use, and works with more than 280 clients across the country.

Graeme Hawes, managing director at PLG Glass, said: “We’re celebrating our 40th birthday this year and it’s great to mark such a significant year with an investment that will help us to continue to grow and thrive.

“The new machinery will enable us to process larger sheets of glass, speed up production processes and continue to provide a high-quality service to our clients across a more diverse range of products.

“Investing in specialist machinery can be a substantial expense but Lloyds Bank provided us with a hire purchase and trade finance facility, which enabled us to execute the project without impacting our day-to-day cash flow.”

Lesley Williams, regional manager for Global Transaction Banking at Lloyds Bank, said: “The growth of PLG Glass has been phenomenal over the past three years, and moving to new premises with more efficient machinery will help the company to continue to capitalise on new opportunities.

“Providing a range of specialist products is one of the ways that we’re helping businesses across Britain to prosper, as it allows companies to access funding options that are tailored to their needs.”