Cast iron deal for foundry workers

Ironworks set to rise from the ashes.
Ironworks set to rise from the ashes.

The future of traditional iron founding in Scotland was guaranteed this week, according to the owners of a new business.

Ballantine Castings, grown out of the former Ballantine Bo’ness Iron Company, is hoping to continue its traditions while creating innovative products for across the world.

The new owner is not unfamiliar with the business - son of the former managing director, Gavin Ballantine, is at the helm, along with a private investor partner.

Initially the business plans to drive most of its growth through projects in the UK, but will also be looking abroad to Scandinavia and the Middle East for more bespoke contracts.

Gavin Ballantine said: “We would not have been able to consider starting Ballantine Castings Ltd or getting the required investment without the experienced and quality craftsmanship that we know exists in Bo’ness.

“This area of Scotland used to be home to 143 foundries and was one of the most significant wealth generating employers in the area. There are now only a handful of foundries in the whole of Scotland but by drawing on the area’s proud heritage of iron founding and the historic passion and pride for quality workmanship we aim to produce some of the highest quality products anywhere in the world.”

A spokesman for Falkirk Council said: “This is excellent news for this historic foundry and Bo’ness.

“With support from Scottish Enterprise and Falkirk Council Business Gateway, Ballantine Castings Ltd plan to grow the business and in time employ 32 full-time staff, including four trainee apprentices.

“The new company has kept in contact with the previous workforce with the majority of new employees coming from the former company bringing their experience and skills.”