From a handful of staff and 3000 sq ft in 1986 when the business began, Dewsbury-based Oakland Glass has grown to occupy premises of 35,000 sq ft and employ 120 people on three shifts. In the mid-1990s founder Richard Oakes identified a big part of the company’s future lay in toughened glass. Oakland Glass signed up with Edgetech at Glasstec last year to grow the business even further.
Dave Scholefield, Operations Director explains: “We first saw Super Spacer® 15 months ago and considered all of our options carefully during a year of customer and competitor research. It was clear that Super Spacer could give us the necessary specifications demanded by both legislation and customer requirements, whilst at the same time imitating as near as possible the aesthetic appearance of our previously manufactured IG units and importantly the stabilisation of prices.
“By keeping one step ahead of new legislation and the EN1279 standards, we realised that there was a role for us as solution providers - as ‘glass specialists’ we could take care of the impending glass processing issues for the smaller manufacturers. It was clear that our future lay in attracting other forward-looking customers. To do that, we knew we had to make serious investments in a new plant.
“It’s the first of its kind in the UK, combining Super Spacer and For.El. technology. We can now provide up to 3,000 of the highest specification sealed units within a full shift cycle. Demand for these top specification units is being driven by 21st Century legislation and 21st Century customers. These high performance sealed-units are competitive, look good and will give our existing and future customers that extra edge to help them sell in a competitive market.”