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We’re moving on up! Peterlee Glass celebrates 40 years in the business with a multimillion-pound relocation

Monday 9th January, 2017

Here at Peterlee Glass we’ve seen some exciting changes in our four decades in the glass business. And now, as we celebrate our 40th anniversary, it looks like 2017 is going to be one of our most exciting years to date.

We’ve continued to go from strength to strength as the North East’s leading commercial glass suppliers and, as such, we’ve outgrown our premises.

So we’re on the move, in a multimillion-pound relocation, to Mill Hill, on the North West Industrial Estate, Peterlee.

Founded by late businessman David Hawes in 1977, Peterlee Glass was acquired by Brownhills Investments in 2015. Now headed up by Mr Hawes’ son Graeme, we underwent a period of significant expansion in 2016, adding new contracts to our portfolio and increasing our workforce to 34.

peterlee_glass_graeme_hawesManaging Director Graeme Hawes said: “Since we were acquired in 2015 we’ve grown rapidly and have reached the point where we’ve outgrown our existing premises.

“This move alongside major capital investment will enable us to continue to expand, adding even bigger contracts to our already significant portfolio of national and international clients and recruiting talented people who can help us achieve our ambitious targets.

“It’s fitting that this relocation is happening in the year we celebrate our 40th birthday, and I’m sure my dad would be really proud of how the business has grown since it started in 1977.”

The new 60,000 sq ft facility is currently undergoing £1m of refurbishments, including having a new roof, windows and interior. The new factory should be ready for us to move our office and production facilities into in April.

The company is also spending £1.3m on new equipment and machinery including a new toughening furnace and processing machinery capable of producing safety glass up to 6000mm x 2800mm

Peterlee Glass produces architectural glass panels for use in balustrading, canopies, stairs and structural glass installations, mirrors and safety glass to customers including Fenwicks, Primark, TK Maxx, Next and Selfridges. 

Our trade centre supplies and installs glass for kitchens, bathrooms and various uses around the home.

The company has supplied glass panels to the Metro Centre, Eldon Square, the British Museum and the Sage Gateshead and has worked on projects as far afield as Europe, the USA and United Arab Emirates.

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