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Scottish Manufacturing Site Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary

Scottish Manufacturing Site Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary

Starrett’s site in Jedburgh, one of Scotland’s biggest manufacturing names, is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Opened in 1958, the site has become one of the US-headquartered business’ main manufacturing facilities.

Back in 1878, Laroy S. Starrett invented and patented the combination square and then founded the L.S. Starrett Company two years later. By 1882, the company had expanded its sales representatives across the US and into London and Paris. Since then, the company has been responsible for many of the tools, equipment and machinery that are commonplace in factories across the world today.

After establishing a base in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the business was also considering locations in the UK and Europe, explained Donald Miller, General Sales Manager of Starrett’s UK factory. Jedburgh’s town provost at the time realised the potential opportunity for the Scottish Borders area and arranged to meet with Douglas R. Starrett to promote Jedburgh as an ideal location. The meeting was a success and the Starrett UK factory was constructed on the outskirts of Jedburgh in 1958.

The 200,000 sq ft site employs now over 150 people and produces over two million hole saws per year, along with manufacturing a range of other saws and machines, including optical profile projectors and band saw blades. The site is the epicentre of Starrett’s UK and European operations and supplies to over 50 countries.

At Starrett, we’re proud to have such a long history of UK manufacturing, continued Miller. We’ve had 60 years to contribute to the nation’s manufacturing excellence, and we consider it a real honour to be part of such a powerful legacy.

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