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Expanding the brand.

Sawmill group buys Forest

Published:  18 November, 2009

BERWICKSHIRE: BSW Timber, has acquired Howie Forest Products and Howie Group, increasing its strategically located annual sawn timber capacity to more than one million cubic metres.

Howie Forest Products, based in Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire is the largest single-site sawmill company in Great Britain, employing 150 staff. The company has an annual capacity of more than 300 000 cubic metres of sawn timber and is the UK's major supplier of 100% FSC British softwood.

The 56-hectare sawmill has an annual turnover of 30m. It was opened by Robin Howie in 1976 and has benefited from significant investment.

Robin's daughter Laura Smith, the Group's sales director, is the latest family member to occupy a senior role.

Robin Howie is the only member of the existing management team who will step down. The remaining executives join the enlarged BSW Group and continue in their current positions, with the Howie Forest Products brand being retained and the business remaining a distinct entity within the BSW Group.

Headquartered in Earlston, Berwickshire, BSW Timber supplies a full range of complementary products to the construction, pallet, packaging, fencing, garden and DIY Retail sectors.

Tony Hackney, BSW chief executive, said: "The Dalbeattie site is an impressive addition to the BSW group of companies. It has benefited from significant and recent investment in the latest leading edge technology in sawmilling including the UK's largest Linck and Springer primary production line and new kilning operations.

"This deal shows our commitment to continued investment in a sustainable future."