Tim­ber firm looks at Cam­bus­lang move

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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