Photographs shows Left to right: Mike Glennon, Fergus Ewing MSP and Pat Glennon.
Leading timber processing firm, Glennon Brothers welcomed Mr. Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness & Nairn, and Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, to its plant in the port of Troon (formerly Adam Wilson & Sons), on Thursday March 30th 2017.
During the visit, Mr. Ewing met with Joint Managing Directors, Pat and Mike Glennon, and saw first-hand the ongoing construction of the £14 million investment in a combined heat and power (CHP) biomass facility. The visit aimed to highlight the importance of the sawmilling sector to the Scottish economy, and afforded the Cabinet Secretary the opportunity to engage with Glennon Brothers, on the key issues facing the sawmilling and wider forest products sector.
Fergus Ewing MSP said “I welcome Glennon Brothers substantial investment into their site at Troon which will support jobs and boost the local economy. Their integrated approach is great for the economy and for the environment, in particular when linked to the use of ships to move timber and reduce lorry miles. I am committed to working with the forest industries to reduce the impacts of timber transport and have recently increased the funding to support this with an extra £5 million.”
Mike Glennon said “The construction of a new state of the art Combined Heat & Power (CHP) plant will provide the final link in transforming Glennon Brothers Troon into a fully integrated site. Logs are delivered from the coasts and islands of Scotland by boat, to be processed in the sawmill. Some of this finished timber will then cross the road to our engineered timber facility, Alexanders Timber Design (ATD), to be incorporated into quality timber frame homes. The CHP plant will produce sufficient electrical power to power the whole plant and export up to 2.5MW of power to the National Grid. “
Pat Glennon said “Continuity of raw material supply is essential to the growth and development of the sawmilling sector. We were pleased to have the opportunity to discuss Mr Ewing’s commitment to the future of forestry in Scotland. We are delighted that the government have pledged further support for the Timber Link service, and that an additional £5 million has been allocated to the Strategic Timber Transport Scheme.”
Glennon Brothers – Background
Glennon Brothers’ story commenced with the acquisition of an old flax mill in Longford by brothers William and James Glennon in 1913. It was on this property that the brothers set up the first ‘Glennons’ sawmill. While James returned to the USA, William continued to run the business until the mid 1940s when he was succeeded by his son Patrick (Paddy).
Over time, the business evolved from sawing hardwoods for a range of indigenous uses to today’s highly sophisticated softwood operation. Paddy was responsible for the growth and development of the business for over 50 years.
Paddy’s sons, Pat and Mike, became joint managing directors in the mid 1990s. They drove the growth of the company with the acquisition of the Fermoy plant from the Smurfit group in 1998, and the subsequent €25 million capital development plan to transform the loss making plant into a state of the art timber processing operation. They have subsequently expanded the group through the acquisition of Windymains Timber (2005) near Edinburgh, Dempsey Timber Engineering (2007) in Arklow and Adam Wilsons and Alexanders Timber Design (2008) in Scotland.
Windymains Timber located in Humbie, near Edinburgh, is a specialist fencing and treated timber mill with an annual production capacity of 50,000m3.
Adam Wilsons is a fifth generation family business, located in the port of Troon, and is one of the largest sawmills in the UK, employing over 100 people. Wilsons specialises in kiln dried carcassing, fencing, pallet and packaging material. The group total sawn wood capacity is now 450,000m3 per annum and it has a kiln drying capacity of 220,000m3 per annum.
Alexanders Timber Design is a leading provider of quality timber frames and engineered roof trusses in the UK, supplying both timber frame homes and commercial properties.
Dempsey Timber Engineering specialise in the supply and installation of Timber Frame Homes and Engineered Roof Trusses to the construction industry and also to one off self builders.