Fife Family Business Introduces its Third Generation

Glenrothes based manufacturers of hot water cylinders, McDonald Engineers, has demonstrated that family businesses can continue to deliver success over the long term by welcoming its 3rd generation to the business.

David Stewart, son of Managing Director Bill Stewart, nephew of Sales Director, Jamie Stewart and grandson of previous owner Mr Stewart, has joined the company’s technical sales office after a period on the shop floor where he experienced a thorough introduction to the manufacturing process of hot water cylinders.

Introducing a 3rd generation into a business is no mean feat, however when you consideration that McDonald Engineers is one of the last few survivors of what was a buoyant UK copper cylinder industry, it is an incredible achievement. McDonald Engineers has also managed to buck the recent economic downturn which has seen the construction sector one of the hardest hit and continued to deliver year on year growth despite facing unprecedented rises of some 400% in material costs.

The company’s ability to embrace change has been one of the keys to success.  Incorporated in 1945 and the subject of a management buyout in 1973, past activities have included the manufacture of truck bodies, waste disposal skips, general steel fabrication and prefabricated plumbing.

However, specialists in their field, the company now focuses on hot water systems with a growing focus on the renewable energy market Working in partnership with the University of Strathclyde as part of a 2 year Knowledge Transfer Partnership, the company has also been developing its internal process to prepare for continued growth.

Managing Director, Bill Stewart, commented “There is always a sense of pride mixed with a little trepidation when you bring any member of your family into the business but David has shown an incredible enthusiasm for getting involved which made the decision very easy.”

He continued “McDonald Engineers is more than simply a family owned and managed business. We have a real family mentality from the shop floor through to our sales team and it’s this spirit that has enabled the company to be successful for such a long period.”

With such a high standard to follow, David would be forgiven for feeling a little apprehensive about working for his father and uncle, however he was delighted to be joining the team, commenting “I have grown up with company and used to business matters being a key part of our day to day family life so it’s great to now be a part of the team and hopefully help the company to continue to grow for many years to come.”

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