Business as usual for fire hit firm

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Fire at Maryport's SIS Pitches Picture Tom Kay
Fire at Maryport's SIS Pitches Picture Tom Kay
Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:00PM

The west Cumbrian firm hit by one of the county's most dramatic fires has insisted it is business as usual for them.

SIS Pitches' site on the Glasson Industrial Estate, Maryport, was the scene of a massive blaze, one of the biggest in Cumbria's recent history, last month.

The group’s storage warehouse was burnt down, but the factory that produces the synthetic turf was unaffected, as were the offices from which the group is based.

Despite the setbacks this has brought - including the need to import new yarn to help replenish stock - though the firm is pressing on.

Gerard Knight, manufacturing director of SIS Manufacturing, said: ‘We are happy to let everyone know that we are continuing to produce our high-quality synthetic grass for our customers.

"Our sports products have continued to roll off the machines ever since the fire, though we have had to fly in yarn to rebuild our stock for artificial grass for domestic and landscaping markets."

Firefighters spent from 1.30pm on Tuesday, April 25, until the following Saturday afternoon battling the fire.

It affected a warehouse belonging to SIS Pitches and the neighbouring offices and workshop of Fearon Builders.

Earlier this week firefighters had to attend the scene again after it reignited, forcing firefighters to put out a blaze affecting

A spokesman for the company said: "Both SIS Group and the town were devastated to see the fire take hold so quickly, but were relieved no-one was hurt."

SIS Pitches employs 40 people at the industrial estate in Maryport.

Synthetic pitches are made there while its grass pitches use turf grown in Europe and the United Arab Emirates.

Earlier this year it signed a deal to provide pitches for three stadia being used for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

It also has a 'Framework' agreement to provide the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of artificial grass pitches for the Rugby Football Union, Football Association, Sport England, England Hockey and Football Foundation capital investment programmes.

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