Union Industries has installed one of its award-winning Bulldoors to maintain high standards of hygiene at P J Stirling.

Left to right: Steve Moultrie, Technical Sales Engineer at Union Industries, and Ainslee Swankie, Packhouse Manager at P J Stirling

P J Stirling is a fruit and vegetable producer based in Arbroath, Scotland, and supplies its products to some of the UK’s largest food retailers including Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Tesco and Asda.

The company decided to invest in Union Industries’ best-selling, fast action Bulldoor to replace its previous door from an alternative supplier, the performance of which had been impacted by several years of wear and tear.

As handlers and producers of food products, hygiene and pest control were some of the top priorities considered by P J Stirling when ordering the new door. As Union Industries’ Bulldoor is fitted externally at the entrance to its Intake Area where there is a regular flow of site traffic, the door’s high operating speed, as well as the attention to detail in the bespoke sealing undertaken by Union Industries, makes it an effective solution for minimising pest ingress to the building.

Union Industries’ Bulldoor is often regarded as the ‘reliable workhorse’ of rapid roll doors and has been known to perform more than 1.4million cycles per year, making it a popular choice for many different industries, including Warehouse & Distribution, Food Production, Aerospace and Pharmaceuticals.

The Bulldoor features Union Industries’ highly-regarded ‘Crash-Out’ and ‘Auto-Reset’ damage protection facility and offers control outputs for options such as airlocks, traffic control systems and remote monitoring, in addition to temperature control for ambient and chilled environments. Due to the reliable and robust nature of the doors, Union Industries also offers a Lifetime Warranty scheme, which means the doors are kept fully maintained for 25 years.

Alan Hirst, Sales Director at Union Industries, said: “It’s essential for our customers in the food industry to keep their working area and produce fresh and hygienic. Our industrial doors prove to be a great solution to maintaining a healthy production environment for many businesses in the sector.

“Like many of our customers, P J Stirling recognises that investing in high-quality, durable and long-lasting doors is a worthwhile solution for the future of their business.” 

Ainslee Swankie, Packhouse Manager at P J Stirling, said: “It’s important for P J Stirling to provide our customers with the highest-quality produce possible, which was our reason behind investing in one of Union Industries’ Bulldoors. Not only have we gained a robust, high-performing door and received professional customer service, the Lifetime Warranty scheme ensures continued and thorough after-care from the team at Union Industries.”

Leeds-based Union Industries manufactures a range of industrial products, including its market-leading range of Industrial Rapid Roller Doors that are commonly regarded as the best in industry.

These fast-acting doors are installed in distribution centres, warehouses, factories and storage facilities to improve logistics and save heat loss for companies across the UK and Europe including Tesco, Cummins, ASDA, TRW, Lidl, Jaguar Land Rover and Bidvest Foodservice.

From its origins as a tarpaulin maker and repairer, Union Industries has evolved to become a specialised bespoke manufacturer of advanced heavy duty textile products for both Civil and Military applications. The subsequent development of the company’s engineering capabilities led on to the creation of the current range of High Speed Industrial Doors, including the unique Eiger Freezer Door.

Other successful product developments using Union Industries core skills include Industrial Curtain Systems and Fabric Enclosures, which are used in factories to prevent heat loss, and to help contain dust & toxins in order to stop cross contamination.

Union Industries is also Employee Owned.

In 2015 its founders, Paul and Isobel Schofield, took the decision to safeguard the future of the company and make it remains an active manufacturing company in Leeds by selling their majority share to the Union Industries Employee Ownership Trust.

Under Union Industries Employee Ownership scheme, every employee was awarded an equal share of the business; new starters who joined after the sale are also given shares after 12 months of employment. Although the company has always boasted a committed workforce, becoming Employee Owned has further empowered its team; everyone now also has an added financial incentive as a result of a tax-free bonus.