Anti-corrosion firm to double town workforce

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GEMINI Corrosion Services, a company founded by Mr Ian Guthrie in Aberdeen in 1982, has just announced major plans for its 10-acre Montrose facility.

Currently, the fast-growing oil and gas sector company has a manufacturing base in Stonehaven as well as Montrose, but general manager James McSporran told the Review that the Stonehaven operation is to be closed and all work transferred to Montrose.

He explained that there is room for expansion at the site at Montrose, bought 10 years ago. It did not make economic sense, he went on, to have two sites which were operationally similar just 20 miles apart.

And the great news on the jobs front is that the present combined workforce of 50 could eventually be doubled, with advertisements already being placed for the first extra members of staff.

Mr McSporran confirmed: “It is our intention to attract local people for these jobs.”

There is steady expansion on site, with another large shed being commissioned. A new building will go up for Gemini’s very busy offices. The redevelopment of the site will also include CCTV throughout.

Mr McSporran went on to say that the new management team is highly qualified technically, and that the company was now in good shape to facilitate the growth plans.

Gemini are a specialised and innovative firm, in the front line of technology which allows them to prepare subsea and topsoil structures with anti-corrosion capability internally and externally.

Mr McSporran also revealed that Gemini is in the process of patenting brand new technology, which should be available by the end of the year.

Inevitably for a company operating in the oil and gas sector there are customers all over the world, including Russia, Norway and Japan, and currently being dealt with are enquiries from China, Korea, Brazil and the Caribbean. Clients include FMC, Total, Vetco Gray and Chevron.

Gemini’s aims to double its turnover and staff levels over the next five years, and the management team are determined to make this happen.

And the company’s activities have been recognised with its being named as a finalist in this year’s Angus Ambassador Awards. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Carnoustie Golf Hotel on Friday.