Russell Roof Tiles head celebrates 30-year milestone

Russell Roof Tiles head celebrates 30-year milestone

Andrew Hayward

The managing director of Scottish-based roof tile manufacturer Russell Roof Tiles (RRT) has celebrated 30 years in his post, overseeing significant expansion for the nearly six-decade-old company.

Andrew Hayward joined the company as a sales executive in 1991 and became managing director in 2004. During this time, the company has grown from a single site with a turnover of £9 million to three sites and a turnover of over £30 million.

This has made RRT, founded in 1964 as The Annandale Tile Company, the largest independent manufacturer of concrete derivatives in the UK pitched roofing market, employing around 60 staff in Lochmaben and two sites in Burton on Trent.

Under Mr Hayward’s leadership, the business has grown substantially with ongoing investment increasing efficiencies across the operation, with the most recent announcement of a £1.7m capital investment project in Lochmaben.

He has also led the business successfully through various ownership, following the sale of the business by CEMEX in 2011 to the current owners, Crown Global Equity Group, which has interests in roof tiles in the US and Mexico.

Mr Hayward said: “Over the past 30 years Russell Roof Tiles has succeeded despite three recessions and now a global pandemic. Much has happened in our industry since 1990, from the day-to-day way we work, manufacturing to how products are specified and installed on sites, but today we are faster, more efficient and have grown capacity innovatively to meet market demand.

“After a rollercoaster year following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am pleased to be celebrating this milestone and proud to be able to lead such as passionate and successful team. We’re looking forward to the future with the ambition of achieving a turnover of £40m within the next five years.”

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