Last month, Jenny Gilruth MSP met with the managing director of McDonald Water Storage, Jamie Stewart, at their factory in Glenrothes to get an insight into the company’s operations.
Established in the 1930s, McDonald Water Storage has a rich history, from its wartime efforts in manufacturing aircraft wings to its refocusing on plumbing and sheet metal work and vented copper cylinders after the Second World War. The company is now managed by the Stewart family, and after relocating to Glenrothes in 1992, has diversified into providing hot water storage solutions for domestic and commercial use.
The company recently received the Family Business Award at the Fife Business Awards in May and is an established employer in Glenrothes.
Jenny Gilruth MSP commented:
“It is always rewarding to see a thriving business right here in the constituency, especially one with such a longstanding history. Jamie and his colleagues are clearly very skilled at what they do, and I thoroughly enjoyed being shown around their factory.
I discussed with Jamie the importance of family values to McDonald Water Storage’s business strategy, as well as their plans to become a part of the solution for the green transition, particularly towards how we can heat our homes in a more sustainable way.
Scottish businesses such as McDonald Water Storage will be crucial towards meeting our goals to decarbonise the economy and respond to the climate crisis, and it was great to see first-hand the work that they are carrying out locally.”
Managing Director Jamie Stewart added:
“We were very happy to show Jenny Gilruth round our manufacturing facility in Glenrothes and show the wide range hot water storage cylinders and tanks that we manufacture.
With the current focus on reducing carbon and using more electricity from renewables, it was great to be able to discuss the many benefits of storing energy in hot water.
Allowing load shifting – taking energy at times when there is a surplus and thus a reduced cost, is a key way to help those in fuel poverty, when heat pumps and other forms of heating are just not suitable.
We look forward to working with the Scottish Government to be at the forefront of thermal storage.”
You can learn more about McDonald Water Storage on their website: McDonald Water Storage – Our History Since 1930 to Present