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Land purchase opens up growth opportunities for A&J Scott

Posted: 4th March 2020

After a decade of investing in new capital equipment at its site in Northumberland, A&J Scott is pleased to start 2020 by announcing a different type of investment, though one which might in time prove to be the company’s most ambitious yet.

The company, one of the UK’s leading independent sawmills, has completed the purchase of a parcel of land adjacent to its main site near Alnwick in Northumberland. This purchase will add up to 25 acres of land to the 15 acres on the company’s existing site, opening up a wide range of possibilities for future growth at the company.

This follows a period in which the family-owned business has invested over £9 million in new capital equipment, including a major upgrade to the main sawmill, Mill 7, at Wooperton, construction of a new fully automated bandmill, installation of a new state of the art processing and handling line for re-saw operations at the site and also the purchase last year of the Chirnside Sawmill near Duns in the Scottish borders.

The company is now well positioned for sustained growth in its main markets for fencing products, railway sleepers, garden product components and other outdoor timbers in the years ahead, building on its record of delivering quality sawn timber products and high standards of customer service to its loyal base of customers across the UK.

The range of products the company can offer has also extended in the last year, with the addition of NHSS4 highways standard fencing to its existing fencing ranges. This range was developed to meet growing demand from a number of national contractors and has already seen A&J Scott supply materials for a range of high profile projects across the country. 

Robert Scott, Managing Director, said, “The relationships we have with our customers give us the confidence to plan and invest for the future. We are now examining the possibilities opened up to us by the addition of this land to our site, and we will use these opportunities to develop our capacity and output in the most efficient ways possible. The new developments will be designed to enhance our sawmilling output, product quality and service standards in the years to come.”

Aerial view

This aerial view shows the A&J Scott site at Wooperton, Northumberland, with the land to the top right of the picture being the additional land purchased by the company.