In what has been a bleak week for Waterford on the jobs front, there is some good news - the city's Waterford Stanley has seen a huge upturn in its stove business.
The Stanley stove phenomenon has gone from strength-to-strength,
with homeowners throughout Ireland choosing to find a more
efficient means of heating their homes.
This - combined with the severity of the last two winters and spiralling fuel costs - has led to a 20% increase in sales revenue.
With predictions for another very cold winter, thousands of Irish consumers have been installing highly efficient Stanley cast-iron stoves to replace their open fires.
Owen Power, Commercial Director, says: "All Stanley stoves including new lines, such as the Cara Insert and Reginald stoves both introduced last year, are designed, developed and manufactured in Waterford. The Company's manufacturing plant in Waterford is currently working at full capacity to meet demand."
Waterford Stanley, which is based in the city's Industrial Estate, will exhibit its latest range of stoves and cookers, including the fantastic new Lismore stove, a sister stove of the Reginald, at next week's National Ploughing Championships in Athy, Co. Kildare, 20th to 22nd September.
The company has been making cookers and stoves since 1934 and is part of the AGA Rangemaster Group, employing 120 people in Waterford.
For more information on products or nationwide stockists see www.waterfordstanley.com