Russells employee waves goodbye on a high

Lochmaben-based Russell Roof Tiles has celebrated one of its longest serving employees, John Jamieson, following his retirement after a fruitful 44 years at the roof tile manufacturer.

John, aged 65, who lives in Lockerbie, joined the manufacturer in 1974 aged 21, where he went on to build a successful career, with the support of Russell Roof Tiles.

Employing 61 people at its site at Halleaths in Lochmaben, Russell Roof Tiles has always shown dedication to supporting, training and awarding its staff to help them further their careers.

With this support, John was able to progress at Russell Roof Tiles. He first began his career as a lorry driver but developed quickly to undertake positions in Quality Control and Yard Management. John was then promoted to Stock Control before taking up a role in Production Planning, where he remained until his retirement.

Over the years, John has seen incredible changes in the industry, witnessing one of the worst recessions in history where many companies suffered loss and the ongoing construction skills gap that faces the industry today. John was also lucky to be a part of exciting celebrations when Russell Roof Tiles recognised the site’s 50th anniversary in 2015.

The manufacturer has seen a number of employees celebrate significant work milestones over the years. In fact, this year alone, 10 employees across the business have received long service awards ranging from 15-30 years, highlighting the manufacturer’s gratitude to its employees and their ongoing hard work.

Bruce Laidlaw, Production Director at Russell Roof Tiles, said: “Russell Roof Tiles has always understood the importance of supporting its employees, so they can build a successful career with us.

“John was no exception. Having been a pivotal member of the team for over 40 years, he witnessed significant changes and saw the Lochmaben site grow and expand over the years.

“As a thank you from us, John was presented with a watch, an engraved tankard and holiday vouchers. We wish him the best of luck in his retirement.”