Rowlinson Timber Ltd is a main distribution hub in the South East, on the back of large/sustained and successful growth over the last few years.
From 1st January 2019 its main operations will be based from the Port of Sheerness, Kent, working in collaboration with Peel Ports.
“Due to our continued successful growth we have been experiencing nationally, the decision to open a distribution port in the South East was a natural progression for the company,” sales director Darren Hill said.
“Having our main distribution port in Sheerness will help to enhance the already excellent service to our southern based customers, whilst providing a quicker response for local merchants. With the help and professionalism of Peel Ports to manage our operations, we feel that a solid long-term partnership will develop, and can then only benefit all of our existing and future customer base”.
Managing director Richard Smith added: “Sheerness is the perfect location to service our southern based customers with the site consisting of over 400 acres, and a constant 11m of water on all its berths. The potential for further growth with existing and new customers makes for a very exciting new chapter in the continued expansion of Rowlinson Timber Ltd”.
Alongside the new port operation in Sheerness and in conjunction with Peel Ports, Rowlinson’s own high-pressure timber treatment facility will also operate from the port.
This advanced 28m plant, which is supported by Lonza Wood Protection, is equipped with the latest technology to ensure all Rowlinson’s timber products are pressure preservative treated in compliance with the use class specifications defined in EN335:2013 and to meet the requirements of BS 8417.
Hill said that the treatment plant has a huge annual cubic metre volume capacity which the company is confident will attract vital services for Third Party Customers as well as maintaining its own landed stock requirements across the complete product range.
Rowlinson Timber Ltd will continue to manage its northern hub from P.D Ports, Groveport in North East Lincolnshire.
Geoff Lippitt, business development director, PD Ports, said: “We are pleased to be continuing our long term and much-valued relationship with Rowlinson Timber as port of choice to serve their northern markets from our operations at Groveport. This latest move to provide better geographical coverage for Rowlinson’s southern customers will undoubtedly further strengthen and enhance the existing first-class services provided.”