A WINDOW manufacturer that started in a Barnsley garage is celebrating its 50th birthday with a party for hundreds of past and present staff.

Sash UK, which was set up by two school friends in 1965 in a garage in Brierley, now has nearly 200 staff and a turnover topping £20million.

The company makes windows, doors, conservatories and decking at its purpose-built factory at Park Springs, Grimethorpe.

Current staff, along with hundreds of past workers, have been invited to a party on July 4 to mark the 50th anniversary.

Rudy Micallef, the operations director, said: “We have several people here who are third generation, grandparents, parents and children, and we have some who have been here 20, 30 or more years. We make sure we look after our staff and we invest in training people.”