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A DOOR manufacturer is set to save £20,000 a year after investing in green technology.

 Bridgman IBC, on the Longhill Industrial Estate, in Hartlepool, has installed an industrial wood burner to save vast sums on its annual heating bill – just by using the timber which the firm already has as a waste product anyway.

 Commercial manager Stewart Hind said the investment in the Talbott T300 Wood Burner should pay for itself in just seven months, adding: “We are using it to heat the building and fuelling it with offshoots from various parts of our processes.

 “The savings should be substantial and we have got more than enough fuel for it.”

 He said the waste left over from the manufacturing of hundreds of doors and frames would previously have cost the company money to recycle.

 “Now it is helping us to reduce our heating costs.”

 The burner is filled at the start of the working day and does not need regular re-filling after that because of the very product – fire doors – Bridgman makes, said Mr Hind.

 “This investment saves us money and keeps us competitive,” he said.

 “We are looking at costs all the time and if we can cut costs, we will do it”.

 Bridgman employs 65 staff and makes fire doors, doorsets, glazed screens and washroom systems.

 The 30-year-old firm is a privately owned business whose management team has over 100 years of experience in the construction products industry.

 Mr Hind said the wood burner investment was made as part of the company’s improvements under its IS0 14001 rating which is a system of monitoring the environment management of a company.

 The Mail told recently how Bridgman was quietly confident of promising times ahead after completing a series of recent orders.

 They included installing more than 70 cubicles in the East Stand at Elland Road, the home of Leeds United football club, putting cubicles and doorsets in at Stockton Library in an 18-month deal, and installing cubicles and 90 timber oak screens in at the new £15m Dyke House School, in Hartlepool.