Andrew Taylor of Specialist Glass Products crowned exemplary in the 2021 Top 100 Manufacturers

Andrew Taylor

MAndrew Taylor, Managing Director of Huddersfield-based structural glass manufacturer, Specialist Glass Products, has not only been recognized in The Manufacturer Top 100 2021, but has been highlighted as an example for his outstanding contribution to the manufacturing sector.

The list features inspiring leaders and innovators in the manufacturing industry and celebrates the driving force behind the nation’s manufacturing renaissance.

Nominated by other leaders, customers and team members, Andrew was one of 100 selected by a jury as a recognized “industry hero”, honored for his impact on the sector, creating processes and technologies that help encourage more young people into manufacturing careers.

After working for another glass manufacturer for 17 years, Andrew had his own goals and ambitions which went beyond his role, leading him to set up Specialist Glass Products with his brother in Huddersfield, supplying high quality bespoke glass in the UK , Europe and the United States.

Prior to the pandemic, Andrew made the decision to implement an extensive capital investment program expanding the manufacturing facility from 30,000 square feet to 72,000 square feet and equipping the new plant with the latest state-of-the-art machinery.

This investment has allowed SGP to streamline its processes, improve quality and lead times to allow greater flexibility to its customers throughout the lockdown. Andrew also channeled the team’s skills and capabilities to fill a gap in the market and create glass ‘sneeze shields’, supporting businesses, retailers and healthcare organizations with health measures and security to protect staff and customers from the spread of COVID.

Of the 100 deemed to have made the cut, 20 were highlighted as Exemplars, people who make a truly outstanding contribution to the industry every day.

Andrew commented: “It is an honor to have been recognized for my enthusiasm and commitment to manufacturing. The past 18 months have not been easy for many, both professionally and personally, but fortunately we have been able to retain our workforce and further grow our business through our previous investments and research.

“I would like to say a big thank you to those who nominated me, and to the entire Specialist Glass team for their continued support, hard work and determination. We wouldn’t be able to do this without them.”

The Top 100 feature follows a number of recent successes for SGP, including shortlisting for the Yorkshire Business Masters Awards and the Made in Yorkshire Awards, and being crowned Eaton Smith Business of the Year.

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