Jobs created as Solway Precast is sold

Barr Limited has concluded the sale of its Solway Precast concrete manufacturing plant in Barrhill to a consortium.

The consortium, backed by Barr founder John Barr and led by former Solway managers David Murdoch and Andrew Gillon, has restarted production with a workforce of 10. However, there are hopes that production will expand and lead to an increase in the workforce.

Barr Ltd announced in March it was reviewing its concrete business following low demand for precast products.

News that production has 
restarted at Barrhill and a num­ber of jobs have been created has been warmly welcomed by the local community.

John Barr is one of the founders of the Barr Group and played a prominent role in the company until its sale in 2007.

He said: “I have been working to secure this deal ever since it became clear that Solway Precast was not a part of Barr’s long-term plans and I am delighted to have done so.

“The existing management team is a strong one and the products are well known and respected in the market.

“We see significant oppor­tunities to grow the business.”