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Huddersfield manufacturer expands team to further growth

Huddersfield-based glass manufacturer Specialist Glass Products (SGP) has appointed a general manager to support the business’s growth strategy in 2022.

SGP is a leading supplier of curved, flat and bespoke toughened and laminated glass products, which are used in applications including building facades, balustrades, spiral stairs, shopfronts, plus many more weird and wonderful structures across the UK, Europe and America.

Joining the team is John Day as General Manager. With over 20 years of experience in the glass processing industry, John will manage, implement and improve all systems across the company as they look to go through extensive growth.

John brings a wealth of experience in production and management, having worked with glass manufacturing companies in his roles at Marrose Abrasives & Intermac UK and latterly at Cheadle Glass Systems as General Manager.

The appointment follows a flurry of recent hires for the business, including a Health, Safety and Quality Control Manager, as part of the firm’s growth objectives to reach a record year of sales.

Commenting on the recent hire, Andrew Taylor, managing director at Specialist Glass Products, says: “We’ve known John for many years; he’s meticulous, ambitious, strong-minded, and a real people person who is well respected and known in our industry. We are thrilled to welcome John to the team, and I am confident he will strengthen our existing management team and be an incredible asset when acting as direct support.”

John Day adds: “I’m very excited to join the SGP team as I’m passionate about helping businesses grow in the glass processing industry and can’t wait to help shape the manufacturers’ very bright future. I have over 20 years of experience and knowledge of the manufacturing side of the business, along with a sales and production background. I look forward to using these skills to develop the team and keep our customers’ needs at the heart of everything we do.”

The bespoke glass manufacturer recently featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs and was named in The Manufacturer Top 100 2021 as an Exemplar for its exceptional contribution to the manufacturing sector and as the Examiner Awards’ Business of the Year (over 50+ employees).

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Founded in 2003, SGP (Specialist Glass Products Ltd) is a structural glass manufacturer specialising in annealed, laminated and toughened bends, as well as manufacturing and supplying all types of flat glass. The family-owned business is based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and headed up by directors Andrew and Jonathan Taylor. SGP employs over 110 people from the local area. The company has recently undergone a large-scale expansion, with a combined investment of £5.5 million in a new 40,000ft² glass processing factory and state-of-the-art machinery. SGP’s portfolio includes installations at prestigious locations such as the Shard, Somerset House, the Gherkin (30 St Mary Ave), King’s Cross Station, Cambridge University, Sage Gateshead and Wembley Stadium.

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