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By Abbey Morton
Annan and Eskdale
New owners for sawmill

AN Annan sawmill has been taken over by timber giants James Jones and Sons Ltd.

Kerr Timber Products Ltd, at Hecklegirth, was part of the GT Timber Ltd holding company, along with another site in Durham, which was taken over by James Jones and Sons in recent weeks.

The two units will increase James Jones and Sons Ltd’s annual sawn output to 800,000m3 – consolidating its position as the UK’s largest privately owned sawmill, timber engineering and pallet manufacturing company.

And chairman Tom Bruce-Jones said: “We are delighted to have concluded this transaction and are really pleased that the existing management team are staying on within the enlarged group to provide continuity, facilitate the integration and to help realise our long term strategic plans.

“The sawn output from both mills will complement our portfolio and will allow us to offer increased product opportunities for our existing, and newly expanded, customer base.”

And managing director of GT Timber Ltd Jilly Wentworth expressed her delight at the both the Annan and Durham sites joining James Jones and Sons.

She said: “On behalf of our shareholders and employees, I am very pleased that GT Timber Ltd will become part of the James Jones Group.

“Their extensive timber industry experience and financial strength will allow the investment programme that we have already started to reach a successful conclusion.

“The sale process was completed quickly and smoothly, reinforcing our long-held views that James Jones & Sons Ltd is a family company, who shares the same values, ethos and philosophy.

“We are very excited about the future.”

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