Denfind Stone’s Six Figure Investment at Pitairlie QuarryNeil Hardie
Growing demand has led to an Angus stone specialist to invest in a new industrial building. Denfind Stone reopened Pitairlie Quarry in 2004 and has since become one of the leading suppliers of natural stone in Scotland.
The firm say construction of the new 625 square metre industrial unit, which will help them to optimise their operations is nearing completion.
The six-figure investment, which received investment from the Angus Leader project, also includes a 1,450 square metre of additional concrete hard standing.
Brian Binnie, director of Denfind Stone said the firm had seen growing demand for its services and it was currently working with Dundee University on an innovative stone cladding system.
Mr Binnie continued: “There is a growing demand for thinly cut stone, which has a number of uses including cladding for buildings. As well as being involved in the Stonehaven flood defence system, we are also in discussions with a view to supplying material for a flood defence system in Broughty Ferry and other flood protection schemes. Stone cladding is becoming an increasingly attractive option and it is popular with architects.”
The firm is facing competition from stone suppliers in India and China, Mr Binnie said, however the carbon impact of importing stone had to be taken into account. he said the latest investment would help secure the firm’s workforce.
The director added: “We currently employ 15 staff , which is the optimum number for us, but the efficiencies we are creating are helping to secure employment and more recruitment could be on the horizon.”
Denfind Stone invested £1.25 million on its production facility in 2012, which included the purchase of hi-tech cutting equipment imported from Italy.