Arbor Forest Products is investing £6 million in expanding its North Lincolnshire premises to incorporate what is set be one of the most advanced sawmill planing lines in the UK.
The new facility, which is an expansion of the company’s New Holland HQ, is currently undergoing internal fit-out, with a view to production beginning in January 2021. The company estimates that the new sawmill will create an additional 20 permanent jobs once operational.
This is the first phase in what the company describes as the biggest investment it has ever made in a single year, with upcoming plans for additional storage taking the total investment to around £12 million.
Arbor Forest Products sees the new facilities as crucial to the long-term vision for the company, allowing the family-run business to further set itself apart from its competitors by offering a level of guaranteed quality that others can’t match.
Described by Arbor Forest as a ‘UK first’, the new facility will feature scanning technology that is unique within the UK market, and which will allow Arbor Forest Products to identify and eliminate defects in lengths of timber before they reach customers – significantly reducing waste, and – crucially – saving building manufacturers valuable time.
Commenting on the investment, Arbor Forest Products’ Managing Director, Jason Ostler, said: “We’re proud to be investing in the future of the company at what is, for many, a challenging time to be doing business. However, as a family-run business that has been setting the standard for UK timber for generations, we are able to take a longer-term view that makes an investment like this a sound business decision for us.”
For more information on Arbor Forest Products, visit www.arborforestproducts.co.uk