Aberdeen firm to headhunt steel workers

A steel fabrication firm in Dyce, Aberdeenshire, is hoping to benefit from the demise of Solway Precast operations in Creetown and Barrhill by recruiting the experienced workforce now facing redundancy.

R B Ross Steel Fabrications Ltd spokesman Stuart Copeland told The Galloway Gazette: “The main problem for us here is we don’t seem to have quality steel workers. There is not the same amount of experienced guys going about. We do a lot of shipments overseas, it’s not just for the north-east of Scotland. We also export. But the big issue is recruiting experienced, quality personnel.

“We had 12 applications to adverts placed in the Aberdeen papers but they were at the lower end, semi-skilled. We need experienced heads.

“When my boss saw there were going to be skilled steel workers made redundant on The Galloway Gazette website we thought, if there are good quality guys down there who are willing to work, we have the jobs up here so let’s make them aware of this. It may be difficult for those who are settled with families, but for younger guys it’s a great opportunity.”

Barr Limited closed the Solway Precast works in Creetown in January with the loss of 40 jobs and last week announced an “operational review” of its plant at Barrhill with the potential loss of 60 jobs. The situation for Barr, a long-established major local employer, was due to the lack of demand for precast products and the continuing high level of imports from overseas.

R B Ross’s ad will appear in next week’s Gazette. It is looking for two fabrication/welders and one sheet metal worker. Anyone interested you can contact Stuart Copeland on 01224 770577.