Former TOM site is ideal choice for tyre firm

Airdrie site is new company HQ

Soltyre locating to Airdrie

A national tyre company has chosen Airdrie as the headquarters for its expansion into the central belt.

Soltyre Ltd from Dumfries has signed a 15-year lease on a 10,000 sq ft premises at the former T.O.M. site at Piper Road in Brownsburn Industrial Estate.

The company specialises in the supply and fitting of tyres for commercial vehicles including HGVs, the agricultural industry and commercial fleet operators.

Parent company JW Johnston Limited contacted our Enterprise team in May 2018 having identified the vacant former T.O.M site as a suitable location.

David Alves, Group HR Manager commented: "We were looking at different locations and site options but the former T.O.M. premises with two-storey office block and ample secure yard space presented as the ideal base to site the business.

"As a new enterprise to the area, we have received support from North Lanarkshire Council's Enterprise and Employability teams. This has opened up access to grant assistance towards start-up costs as well as recruitment support. We are also working with Business Gateway Lanarkshire and will be accessing help to support our digital development plans."

The company has invested in the Airdrie site with the purchase of equipment, stock, vehicles, office fit-out, new operating systems and staff. In the first three months of operation, customer accounts are growing and the company headcount has reached 13, with two apprentices - a tyre fitter and an admin resource - just recruited.

Councillor Allan Graham, Convener of the Enterprise and Growth Committee, said:  "It's great to see continued interest in North Lanarkshire as a place for businesses to locate, invest and grow. For Soltyre, the combination of good quality, sizeable premises with direct access to road and motorway networks here in the central belt presented the right mix to match the company's current and future scaling needs.

"Every enquiry we receive from a business, irrespective of sector or size, is treated in exactly the same way.  We want to open up the potential of the area and match the support we offer to the ambition shown by companies like Soltyre."

The Airdrie site has become Soltyre's new central base, after opening a depot in Brechin in January 2018.

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