SolarFrame and SOL Conservatory Roofs have seen no setbacks from the pandemic, with 2020 being the year for continued investment and team growth for the Yorkshire based fabricator.
The company has gone from strength to strength and witnessed a rapid rise in sales within the trade fabrication and dedicated roof division, all exceeding 2019 sales despite 3 months of closed doors.
With all components sourced in the UK, the two companies have maintained a solid supply chain, ensuring no delay to product manufacture, and a slick factory operation equipped them to deal with the upturn in demand following the post-lockdown home improvement boom. 2021 also sees an additional 50% capacity become available at SOL Conservatory Roofs for the production of Solid and Glazed roofs. MD Steve Taylor said: “The team performed a sterling job throughout the year, pulling out all the stops to keep quality products going out on time, every time, despite the increased demand. As a thank you, we give all of our fabrication team a bonus per product and have introduced an Employee of the Week scheme, offering a £100 bonus. It’s open to all employees across the sites, and winners are selected by their peers.”
SolarFrame has also preserved jobs in the local area by recruiting more than 12 staff, recently made redundant, along with making a significant investment throughout the factory. Over 1 million pounds of Haffner machinery, including two new saw centres, three 5-head welders, four corner cleaners and a multitude of single head welders and saws is now in situ within the Rotherham based manufacturing site. Steve continues: “I’d like to thank our incredible teams who have gone above and beyond to help meet our customers’ needs, along with our dedicated suppliers, and finally to our customers for their understanding and patience.”
While morale remains high throughout the team, it’s also important to remember that lockdown has created a host of mental health challenges. SolarFrame has teamed up with Kate Ashley-Norman and integrated Positive Mind Management into the company, giving more than 100 employees access to emotional wellbeing resources and ensuring good mental health habits are developed, both in the workplace and at home.
“We finished 2020 in a very positive position and look forward to further growth and development in 2021, which is already well underway with us finalising the plans for our third manufacturing site, which will be a purpose built windows factory”