LBS continues to grow

Published:  07 November, 2011

SOUTH WEST WALES: One of Wales' largest independent builders merchants’ has opened a new branch in Maesteg.

LBS Builders Merchants is celebrating their 80th year, with the acquisition of their furthest branch east in Wales. This acquisition of the one acre site in Maesteg brings the company’s number of branches to fourteen, representing another significant investment for LBS, who acquired Casey’s Roofing Business in Swansea and opened a new Neath branch in 2010.

Since LBS acquired the Ewenny Road site from Jones & Skinner, the product range and stock levels at the site have been greatly increased to meet the needs of both trade and retail customers.

LBS has retained the six existing Jones & Skinner staff and is also creating a number of new positions at the site, which will be filled by people from the local area. In addition to the product range and stocks, the company is investing in updating IT systems to continue to offer award-winning levels of customer service.

LBS has a strong history of delivering building products in South West Wales, the addition of the branch in Maesteg represents further expansion, developing awareness and a greater presence throughout South Wales.

Managing director Mark Davies said: “We are delighted to announce the opening of our new Maesteg branch. We hope to build on the hard work of Keri Jones and Paul Skinner who have built a successful business over the past 20 years.

“LBS is celebrating 80 years of successful trading in 2011, but we continue to look to the future. Our continued investment and growth has not only provided job security to our existing staff during a difficult economic time, but it is one of the few companies in Wales that have continued to grow their workforce, securing and delivering jobs in areas where unemployment has increased significantly and attracting inward investment is difficult. We look forward to employing more local people to help us make this branch a real success as LBS keeps growing at an exciting, yet controlled rate."

Deputy Leader of Bridgend Borough County Council, David Sage said: “It is pleasing to hear that this well established business will not only be retaining the six existing jobs at the site, but will also be investing in the Maesteg branch and creating some welcome new employment and opportunities for local people.”

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