In December 1978, one of Blantyre’s oldest and most established companies “A Robertson & Co of Springwells” planned a programme of modernisation.
The work was to safeguard the jobs at the factory and indeed create more! The plan was to introduce £200,000 of new bottling equipment in early 1979 to their soft drinks factory.
The equipment intended to bring speed of production to the facility and in theory produce more finished product and by that token, able to provide further jobs. Worried workers were assured they would all be keeping their jobs as modernisation swept throughout the business.
George McDonald, a company Director said at the time, “We’re updating our plant to make us more competitive and to improve quality.” It was noted that in December 1978, the Springwells company employed 120 people.
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2018
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