Timber firm looks at Cambuslang move
S c o t l a n d ’s largest independent timber merchant could be set to open a branch in Cambuslang, creating around 10 jobs.
MGM Timber announced on Monday they were considering expanding into the town to fill what they see as a geographical gap in their service.
However, Cambuslang will be in direct competition with East Kilbride with the company considering both areas.
MGM started trading in 1991 and since then the business has grown to employ 160 members of staff across 12 sites, with a turnover of £ 40million in 2015, a 12 per cent rise from 2012.
In a statement the company’s commercial man a g e r, Mi c h a e l Donaldson, 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.
“It’s not just these factors that have helped to make our decision to expand an easy one. We want to ensure that we have the right offering for our customers.
“We’ve established strong sites across Scotland, and especially so across the west and Edinburgh, and we want to build on that success with a wider network to help meet consumer demand.”
Positions potentially being created range from manager to delivery drivers.
Speaking exclusively to the Reformer, Mr Donaldson said there was no timescale on the project but confirmed 10 to 12 people could be employed in the branch.
He added: “We have a branch in Glasgow and a branch in Wishaw so there is a great, big hole in the areas Cambuslang or East Kilbride will cover. We do some business in that area, but not as much as we could if we had a facility.
“We’ve started the process of speaking to property agents and they have started coming back with possible units.”
Margaret Ferrier MP said she would be fighting Cambuslang’s case: “I’ll be making representations to MGM Timber to encourage them to further consider Cambuslang in their expansion plans.
“This is a great place to do business, with the M74 extension providing excellent transport links for industry. This is a company with a proven track record, and I welcome any investment and jobs that they can bring to the area.”
Expansion plan Michael Donaldson, James Donaldson & Sons