Local family firm Harry Maiden Ltd has landed a contract as the latest phase of the Montrose Spine Road project rolls out.
Main contractor Kilmac has struck a five-figure deal with the harbour-based company to supply and install steel fence posts and railing panels for the project.
This section of the road runs from Wharf Street to River Street and following demolition work will continue through to Caledonia Street, forming part of the million-pound Angus Council improvement scheme.
Kilmac group director Richard Kilcullen said: “As a Tayside firm ourselves we are eager to work closely with local businesses wherever possible and Harry Maiden Ltd has the expertise and experience we were looking for.
“The company is highly regarded in the North Sea oil and gas sector and we had no hesitation in bringing them on board.”
Chuck Roland, project manager with Harry Maiden, said: “We are delighted to be working with Kilmac on such a prestigious project here on our own doorstep.”
The Montrose steel fabrication and welding specialists enjoying fifth generation links can trace their roots back more than a century and now employs 20-plus staff.
Originally, the harbour-based business focused on horse shoeing and general blacksmithing but in recent decades it has been meeting demand from the oil and gas, construction and pharmaceutical sectors.
Gordon Maiden, managing director, said: “The Montrose Spine Road development demonstrates a welcome commitment by Angus Council to the future economic development of the town and we are proud to be playing a part in the project and working closely with the Kilmac team.
“We are among the oldest family businesses in Montrose and this eagerly awaited development will help regenerate the north side of the harbour for the benefit of both businesses and residents.”
Mr Kilcullen said the link-up between Kilmac and Angus Council would provide spin-off benefits for the Montrose community.
He explained: “By appointing local contractors, the council is providing a boost to the local economy and Kilmac are also keen to deliver community benefits in and around Montrose.
“We are already developing relationships with local schools as part of the Developing the Young Workforce strategy.
“This includes school visits and youngsters contemplating a career in construction will be welcomed at site visits.
“A timetable of events has been agreed with Angus Council based on a model which has proved successful with other local authorities.
“We have found it to be highly beneficial for young people keen to gain an insight into the construction industry and wanting to make informed decisions when it comes to choosing a career path."
The 52-week spine road scheme includes site clearance, drainage, road, kerb and footpath construction and street lighting.