Growing recycling business acquires prime Glasgow sites to expand UK presence

Leaders in innovative recycling and a global exporter, S. Norton Group has finalised the acquisition of two significant sites in Glasgow as part of its ambitious growth plans.

S. Norton Group’s expansion into Glasgow aligns with its strategic aims to have a presence from end to end in the UK. This investment into a new location enhances the company’s national footprint, bringing the total number of sites to six and significantly increasing the Group’s collective capacity to collect, process and export waste metals from several major urban areas of the UK.

The primary site on the banks of the River Clyde spans 17 acres and is fully equipped with waste metals processing and export capabilities, representing a crucial addition to the S. Norton Group’s operations.

In addition to the main site, the acquisition includes the Glasgow East site, operating as a feeder facility to the primary location. Glasgow East covers 1.9 acres and specialises in receiving ferrous and non-ferrous metals from both trade and the general public, reflecting S. Norton Group’s commitment to efficient and accessible recycling services.

The Glasgow sites were previously owned by a metals recycling company. S. Norton Group has ensured a seamless transition, maintaining full operational continuity during the change of ownership. With 100% retention of the current 43-strong workforce, the company has reinforced its commitment to employee retention, now totalling 432 employees across all sites.

Tony Hayer, managing director of S. Norton Group, said:

“S. Norton has been in business for over 60 years and is at the forefront of the metals recycling industry. The acquisition of the Glasgow sites is part of our plan to grow the S. Norton Group and marks a significant step towards achieving our vision of working together towards a world where nothing goes to waste.

“As a responsible recycler, we have been working hard to ensure a smooth transition to S. Norton systems and to begin to develop the operations at both sites. I am delighted to welcome our new employees, suppliers and customers in Scotland. We’re open for business in Glasgow and we’re looking forward to working with you all”.

The acquisition of the Glasgow sites underpins S. Norton Group’s commitment to sustainability and resource efficiency as it remains dedicated to advancing responsible recycling practices, expanding its impact in critical regions and enhancing its reputation as a leading circular economy business.

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