S Norton acquires former Recycling Lives-owned Glasgow sites

Merseyside-headquartered metal recycling company S. Norton & Co has finalised its acquisition of two “significant sites” in Glasgow, that were formerly owned by Recycling Lives. 

Tony Hayer, managing director at S Norton Group

The acquisition forms part of the company’s “ambitious growth plans”.

The primary site on the banks of the River Clyde spans 17 acres and is fully equipped with waste metals processing and export capabilities, representing a “crucial addition” to the S. Norton Group’s operations.

In addition to the main site, the acquisition includes the Glasgow East site, operating as a feeder facility to the primary location.

Glasgow East covers 1.9 acres and specialises in receiving ferrous and non-ferrous metals from both trade and the general public.

Both sites were previously owned by John R Adam, which was acquired by Recycling Lives in July 2022 (see letsrecycle.com story). The deal was agreed in December but announced recently by S. Norton.

‘Significant step’

Tony Hayer, managing director of S Norton Group, said: “S. Norton has been in business for over 60 years and is at the forefront of the metals recycling industry. The acquisition of the Glasgow sites is part of our plan to grow the S. Norton Group and marks a significant step towards achieving our vision of working together towards a world where nothing goes to waste.

“As a responsible recycler, we have been working hard to ensure a smooth transition to S. Norton systems and to begin to develop the operations at both sites.  I am delighted to welcome our new employees, suppliers and customers in Scotland. We’re open for business in Glasgow and we’re looking forward to working with you all”.

‘Strategic aims’

The move into Glasgow means Norton now has six sites across England and Scotland

S. Norton explained that the expansion into Glasgow aligns with its “strategic aims to have a presence from end to end in the UK”.

It brings the total number of sites in the UK to six .

S. Norton Group said it has ensured a seamless transition with the previous owners, “maintaining full operational continuity during the change of ownership”.

The company will also bring over a 43-strong workforce and has “reinforced its commitment to employee retention, now totalling 432 employees across all sites”.

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