ONE OF Irvine’s biggest private employers are set to expand their workforce further in the coming months, after a recent influx in both commercial and domestic business.

Andrew Wright Windows are looking to create 28 new jobs in their two specialist production facilities in the town.

These would include a range of roles such as joiners and window fitters, administration staff, a domestic installations manager and production operators.

Their recruitment will be phased over the next 2-3 months. In parallel with the expansion of its workforce, the company has also recently committed investment approaching £1 million in state of the art production equipment and new vehicles.

Having been founded some 85 years ago, Andrew Wright Windows is one of the longest established window manufacturing companies in the UK and one of Irvine’s biggest private employers, currently providing work for around 100 people.

The company was started in 1937 in Ayr by Andrew Sloan Wright and grew quickly.

Among its most prominent early jobs were glazing the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, its role as the main glazing company at the 1938 British Empire Exhibition in Bellahouston Park and helping to restore Belfast after the 1941 Blitz.

Mr Wright was also chairman of Ayr United FC and was actively involved with the club for over 20 years. Four stained glass windows he gifted to the club remain on display in their boardroom at Somerset Park to this day.

Andrew Wright Windows has remained a family business for most of its 85 years history and was acquired by the current owners, the Berry family, in the mid 1990s.

Charlie Berry, managing director, Andrew Wright Windows, said: “We are experiencing a significant uplift in enquiries from householders which, alongside increasing success on the commercial front, has driven this growth in staff to its highest ever level. We have a fantastic team here at Andrew Wright Windows, it’s a great place to work and we very much look forward to welcoming new colleagues on board.”