A window manufacturer which started out in a Barnsley garage is celebrating its 50th birthday with a party for hundreds of members of staff past and present.
Sash UK, which was set up by two school friends in 1965 in a garage in Brierley now has nearly 200 members of staff and a turnover topping £20m.
The company makes windows, doors, conservatories and decking at its purpose-built factory at Park Springs, Grimethorpe.
It makes more than 2,500 windows and 250 doors each week
Rudy Micallef, the firm’s operations director, said: “We are very much part of the local community and the history of the Barnsley area.
“We have several people here who are third generation, grandparents, parents and children, and we have some who have been here 20, 30 or more years. We make sure we look after our staff and we invest in training people.”
Sash UK started as Bean and Morrell 50 years ago when Ron Bean and Terry Morrell began making window and door frames and skirting boards in Terry’s garage in Brierley.
The company moved to its current site in 2000 and its managing director is Terry’s son, Stephen Morrell.
Rudy said the company’s success was down to investing in staff, equipment and research.
“To Joe Public a window is still a window, but from our point of view there has been a massive development in the last 50 years,” he said.
“We have to keep innovating and investing to keep up with demands.
“We have one of the most hi-tech factories in the country with everything controlled by computers. But we are constantly developing new processes and products,” said Rudy.