Glazing plant to reopen and rehire most of previous staff

A glazing manufacturing plant that ceased operations earlier this year after 100 years of production is set to resume work on Sep 10.

Warwick Technology LTD has taken over the site of the former Waters Munster Glass in Churchfield, Co Cork, and is planning on rehiring a large portion of the workforce.

WMG had been involved in the tempering and cutting of glass for private residential, shop, and pub projects, as well as major commercial and industrial projects before closing down on Mar 26 after a last-minute deal to buy the business from the receiver fell through.

Warwick Technology had been behind the failed bid to buy the company from the receiver. After the closure of WMG and the loss of 80 jobs, Warwick bought the premises, and has since invested €5.4m in new machinery.

Warwick Technology director Michael McLarnon said WMG’s expertise was what attracted him to the company.

“I got involved because of the level of expertise they had in the UK market. We have decided to invest and restructure the company and regain a position of strength in the market,” he said.

The machinery is currently en route to Cork from Europe and is expected to arrive early on Friday morning.

Don O’Gorman, the former managing director of WMG, is acting as a consultant for Warwick Technology.

He said that there would be 55 employees initially, but that the figure should raise to a hundred within a year.

“September 10 is the start date and we have already secured an order worth £6m [€7.59m] from the Glasgow School of Art,” Mr O’Gorman said.

“Sir Robert McAlpine is the construction company; the aluminium contractors are Dane Architectural Systems ltd; and we are supplying the glass.”

Mr O’Gorman said the company had already taken on 28 staff member to help with the installation of the new machinery.

He said that the best people to oversee the installation of the large glass cutting and tempering machinery were the men and women who would be working with them.


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