Richard Irvin Energy Solutions (RIES) has doubled its presence in Dundee by recruiting nearly an eighth of the workers made redundant by the collapse of Scottish Electric Group.
The company, which specialises in mechanical and electrical (M&E) engineering and technical facilities management (TFM), opened its Dundee office in 2014.
RIES has hired 12 members of staff to take its total headcount in the city to 24.
The business is already very active in Dundee, Fife and Tayside and provides M&E projects to a number of organisations, including Dundee City Council, Ninewells Hospital, the University of Dundee and the University of St Andrews.
Its current projects include the refurbishment of the Perth crematorium with Morrison Construction, which is expected to complete in December, and the firm is also active within Perth & Kinross Council’s framework with Hadden Construction.
Kevin Shinnie, head of RIES’s M&E division, said: “This is not only a boost for our company but also for the wider business community in Dundee.
“We were disappointed to hear that Scottish Electric Group had fallen into liquidation and so we are delighted that we can help many of those workers affected by the collapse of their former employer.
“Being able to strengthen our business and the services that we supply to our at the same time as supporting the local economic is great.”
Shinnie added: “This is a very exciting time for Dundee – the construction of the Victoria & Albert Museum will act as a catalyst to stimulate the local economy, not just on the waterfront but in the wider city.
“Hiring these talented members of staff will help us to meet demand for our existing customers and make sure we’ve got the right mix of skills for the years ahead.”
RIES employs 450 staff across its network of bases in Dundee, Edinburgh, Elgin, Glasgow, Inverness and its head office in Aberdeen.
The business turns over £45m a year, with 35 per cent of its business now coming from outside its North-east heartland.
Its M&E installation customers include Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall, Kier and Galliford Try, while its TFM clients consist of big names such as Carillion Amey, BP, Total E&P and Hilton.
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