Russell Roof Tiles goes stateside

Russell Roof Tiles has exported its expertise to the USA.
Russell Roof Tiles’ sister company, Crown Roof Tiles, has developed its own version of Russell’s successful Thin Leading Edge Galloway tile.

Crown Roof Tiles has operations in Texas and Florida, and is part of the same group as Russell Roof Tiles.

With the positive market conditions in the US, Russell Roof Tiles has assisted its sister company to invest in both a manufacturing plant, and new product development. Within the Crown Global Equity family, Russell Roof Tiles is the company’s biggest operation.

Russell Roof Tiles was one of the first manufacturers to market with its Thin Leading Edge. They now have four Thin Leading Edge products in total: Galloway, Lothian, Polden, and Moray – all produced in 13 shades.

The Galloway Thin Leading Edge is an interlocking roof tile with the appearance of slate when laid half broken bonded.

Juan Prestamo, CEO of both companies, said: “We are very excited about the adoption of the tile technology from the UK into the US market; we really think this could be a game changer. I hope this takes both of our companies to new heights with Crown Roof Tiles emulating Russell Roof Tiles’ success.”

As well as product development, the UK team has been working with their colleagues in Texas and Florida in key areas such as operations and finance.

The US$10 million Floridan plant started production last year thanks to Russell Roof Tiles national operations manager, Bruce Laidlaw, and works manager, Paul Erskine.

A state-of-the-art plant has also been completed in Mansfield Texas, and is already manufacturing and selling concrete roofing products.

Andrew Hayward, Russell Roof Tiles managing director, added: “We are proud that our British-born and designed products will be making an impact on the US market and that Galloway will be leading the way.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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