Timber group sets sights on expansion

MGM_Timber_Scotland_One of Scotland’s largest timber merchants has announced multi-million pound plans to expand into three new areas of Scotland.

MGM Timber, part of the Fife-based James Donaldson Group, said the expansion, which will add sites in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and either East Kilbride or Cambuslang, was on the back of strong timber sales due to a rise in housebuilding and other construction.

The company, which employs 160 staff across 12 sites, said the move will create about 35 posts across the new sites.

Roles will include managers, sales representatives, administrators, supervisors, yard operatives and delivery drivers.

Turnover at the 25-year-old business, which has an outlet in Inverness, rose to £40 million in 2015, a 12 per cent rise from 2012.

Last year its parent company celebrated record profits as the construction sector showed signs it was emerging from the doldrums of the recession.

Donaldson’s pre-tax profits increased by 81 per cent to £4.5m in the year ended March 2015, while turnover grew 13 per cent to £133m, according to accounts lodged with Companies House.

Michael Donaldson, commercial manager for MGM Timber, said: “The timber industry in Scotland has grown hugely over the last few years. The manufacturing of timber products and the supply chain have both improved. Additionally we are seeing a lot more investment in the construction industry overall. More new homes are being built and more home improvements are being carried out.”

He added: “We’ve established strong sites across Scotland, and we want to build on that success with a wider network to help meet consumer demand.

“We also only have one site north of Dundee which is in Inverness so opening a branch in Aberdeen is a particular focus for us.”

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