Visit to major employer BHC in Carnwath

Bio mass boilers heat the whole factory. Cllr Ralph Barker,  Brian Hewitt, Managing Director BHC, and MSP Claudia Beamish

Bio mass boilers heat the whole factory. Cllr Ralph Barker, Brian Hewitt, Managing Director BHC, and MSP Claudia Beamish

I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit a significant Clydesdale employer recently.  BHC, which is based in Carnwath, is a company which has links and orders not just nationally but across the world.

Managing Director Brian Hewitt showed local Councillor Ralph Barker and me around their impressive development which, with over 300 employees in the Carnwath area, is certainly one of Clydesdale’s major employers.

As designers, fabricators and installers of structural steel work, the work of their team is undoubtedly better “seen to be believed.”  Some of their projects include XScape ski dome in Glasgow, Shetland Gas Plant, Man City’s new Training Stadium and current projects such as Oxford Town Centre re-development.

The firm also has significant foreign contract on its books.

Discussing issues on the factory floor

Discussing issues on the factory floor

It also has a robust apprenticeship scheme, bringing opportunities for young people living locally to train in a range of high skills and the chance to remain where they grew up in very good employment.

What is additionally impressive is that the company are taking their environmental responsibilities very seriously with biomass boilers heating the whole site.  In addition if you have driven past there is a wind turbine putting power back to the grid.

I was grateful to Brian Hewitt and his colleague Bryan Cathcart for the opportunity to see round the site and I look forward to engaging with them in the future.

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