Russells is first in line

Luke Gardener and Joshua Sudaby

Luke Gardener and Joshua Sudaby

Kevin Dunhill, Joshua Sudaby and Luke Gardener

Kevin Dunhill, Joshua Sudaby and Luke Gardener

As part of its investment in production Russell Roof Tiles has created a new role at its Burton factory site.

With the objective of improving production line efficiencies and reducing down time, the new line technician role encompasses both maintenance and production.

Two new recruits have joined Russells as the first line technicians, they are Joshua Sudaby and Luke Gardener. Both are currently finishing their studies at local further education college Burton & South Derbyshire College, and will be starting at the company full time this summer.

Russells tile plant in Burton manufactures over 100,000 concrete roof tiles each day. It says its tiles and accessories are used by the UK’s top house builders and high profile social housing and commercial projects, where sustainability and eco-credentials are of the utmost priority.

In response to continued growth and increased demand for its products, the company, which was awarded Employer of the Year last year, has been on a recruitment drive over the past 18 months, to maximise production and so enable Russells to deliver its quality products for its increasing customer base.

The new roles, believed to be one of the first in the roofing industry, are the brainchild of maintenance manager Kevin Dunhill, who has been at Russells since September 2016.

He commented: “This new position is quite an innovation for us, providing a multi-skilled approach which is already widely used in other sectors but not roof tiles manufacturing.

“Top production lines in the automotive and aerospace Industries already successfully use multi-skilled operatives in their plants to improve efficiencies. The new recruits will be trained to a very high level internally as well as with external training from Burton & South Derbyshire College.”