Window maker goes staight to top of table after relocation to town

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Windows, doors and shower enclosures manufacturer Ellbee has moved into Barnsley and straight to the top of the rankings of the town’s most profitable manufacturers.

Ellbee is part of the $1.5 billion, US-based building products group Euramax Holdings. The company supplies the caravan, holiday home, DIY and home improvements sectors and includes Wickes, caravan and holiday home companies Willerby, ABI, Carnaby, Atlas and Swift among its customers.

Prior to moving to a 205,000 sq ft unit at Ashroyd Business Park, close to Junction 36 of the M1 and within the Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone, Ellbee had been based in Leeds for 65 years, where it operated from three factories.

Other newcomers to the Barnsley listing are ATC Manufacturing and Galglass.

ATC – or the Allied Textiles Company - is made up of companies producing synthetic fibres, fabrics and coatings, based at Rawtenstall and Nelson in Lancashire and Ashbourne, in Derbyshire.

Earlier this year the company sold its Century Dyeing subsidiary in Elland which specialises in manufacturing fabrics for applications that range from umbrellas to horse blankets, bridal wear to camouflage nets.

Galglass is a market leading designer, manufacturer and installer of steel and concrete storage tanks and tanks used for manufacturing biogas fuels and fertiliser from organic materials.

The Wombwell-based company operates globally, exporting tanks to places as far afield as Barbados, Malaysia, Australia, the Middle East and North Africa and recently secured what is one of its largest orders to supply bolted steel tank orders for a biogas plant in Sweden.

Other Barnsley successes include the Symphony Group, which is one of the UK’s largest suppliers of fitted kitchen, fitted bedroom and fitted bathroom furniture and Naylor Industries.

Concrete and drainage products company Naylor completed two acquisitions within days earlier this year when it bought £4.4 million turnover Wath-on-Dearne-based plastic extrusion business Amco Plastics and Clough Mill, the Gloucestershire-based firm that makes frost-proof glazed garden pots in Malaysia.

Naylor has also been named one of the British companies with the fastest growing overseas sales, in the International Track 200 rankings, published by the Sunday Times.

Back in February, South Yorkshire Investment Fund doubled its money after realising the investments it had put into Naylor years earlier.