Lo­cal jobs safe

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

JOBS are said not to be un­der threat af­ter the sale of Til­hill Forestry, a sig­nif­i­cant pres­ence in the Ar­gyll forestry in­dus­try.

Til­hill was pur­chased from its for­mer owner, Fin­nish out­fit UPM, on Septem­ber 1 by Borders-based BSW Tim­ber Lim­ited.

With sig­nif­i­cant forestry man­age­ment in­ter­ests across Ar­gyll es­tab­lished over four decades, Til­hill has of­fices in Oban and Stra­chur and di­rectly em­ploys 18 lo­cal staff.

A large num­ber of lo­cal sub­con­trac­tors are also em­ployed, in tasks from ground prepa­ra­tion through plant­ing and hus­bandry to har­vest­ing and haulage.

A Til­hill spokesper­son ex­plained: ‘ There are cur­rently no an­tic­i­pated job losses as a re­sult of the change of own­er­ship’, adding that there would be ‘no im­pact’ on on­go­ing con­tracts.

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