Roof Tile Manufacturer MD Celebrates Long Service Milestone

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THE MANAGING DIRECTOR of roof tile manufacturer, Russell Roof Tiles is celebrating a major milestone of 30 years’ long service.

Andrew Hayward joined Russell Roof Tiles 30 years ago as a Sales Executive, rising to become Managing Director since 2004.

During his career at Russell Roof Tiles, Andrew has seen the business grow and thrive.  From a single plant operation in Scotland with a turnover of £9m, to the opening of the new Burton on Trent site which produced its first tiles in 1991, to today, with a dedicated UPVC site and a turnover of £30m plus.

With previous sector experience, initially with an international supplier, working in both technical and sales, Andrew Hayward joined Russell Roof Tiles as a Sales Executive.  He swiftly moved up the ranks becoming an Area Manager, then Regional Manager supporting customers across the Midlands and South. He was appointed as National Sales Director in 1996 and then took over the helm in 2004.

Roofing developments

Over the past 30 years Andrew has been involved with a huge number of changes at the business. In 1997 Russell Roof Tiles acquired a UPVC business and opened a 28,000sq ft factory in Burton. This acquisition was to produce the company’s dryfix accessories, along with a further five acres of land at the Burton tile plant.  In 2000 a new multipurpose premium thin leading-edge line followed at the original Lochmaben site.

Under Andrew’s leadership the roof tile manufacturer business has grown substantially with ongoing investment increasing efficiencies across the operation. The most recent announcement is a £1.7 m capital investment project in Lochmaben.

He has led the business successfully through various ownership. This includes 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.

Roof Tile manufacturer celebrations

Six years ago, Andrew also led the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Russell Roof Tiles manufacturing at the Lochmaben plant and 25 years in Burton on Trent.  He has been responsible for introducing many new initiatives across the business. He introduced the Community Fund as well as other staff programmes, earning accolades including Employer of the Year and Manufacturer of the Year.

Andrew 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 5 years.”

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