Kellwood Engineering appoints Donald McKinnon as provisional liquidator

Kellwood Engineering, a Dumfries-based precision machining and fabrication company trading for almost 40 years, has had to close its doors with the loss of 27 employees. 

The director of the company, James Maitland, has appointed Donald McKinnon as Provisional Liquidator. 

The business has traded successfully from Catherinefield Industrial Estate for many years in machining and metal fabrication, and more recently as lighting consultants. 

Mr Maitland said: “The reduction of work available during Covid required us to cut our workforce and, since then, a shortage of skilled time-served engineers in the area has rendered it difficult to restore employee numbers to a sustainable level.” 

Mr McKinnon added: “This is terribly sad to see the demise of another manufacturing business in Scotland with cheaper alternatives being found overseas. 

“We are currently in discussions with a third party to take on part of the business and save some jobs.”