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Commercial business growth with first Head of Manufacturing


CR Smith has appointed Colin Bain as its first Head of Manufacturing.  

Joining a growing management team driving the expansion of the firm’s commercial business, Mr Bain brings more than 30 years’ experience and expertise from the electronics and defence industries where he has worked to establish and run mission critical, right-first-time-quality production facilities.

His appointment signals the intent of the CR Smith commercial business to capitalise on the increasing demand for high-end, energy efficient and secure windows and doors. As well as a buoyant domestic market, CR Smith, Scotland’s longest established home improvements companies, is winning more contracts from local authorities, housing associations and housebuilders, who also require both product and service reliability.

Output from CR Smith’s manufacturing plant is up 50% on pre-pandemic levels with public sector work representing 35% of the total, up from 20% of 2019 volumes.

Colin Eadie, Director of CR Smith Manufacturing Ltd, has been building both the commercial sales team and the operational technical expertise. He said:

“Colin brings a wealth of experience and maturity to what is a knowledgeable, passionate, and relatively young management team. His insight and understanding of what is needed to achieve the standards we expect adds a new dynamic to the shopfloor.”

“With Colin on board, the strength of our management team across the commercial business, from logistics and quality assurance through to IT and customer service, sends a very strong signal that we are serious about growing our operation.”

Colin Bain added:

“CR Smith has a deep commitment to invest in the factory and manufacturing operation, from the fabric of the building and the equipment through to technology and people, seeing this as hugely important to the growth of the business. I’m delighted to join CR Smith and look forward to working with the fantastic team in my new role.”