HRH Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh was shown around BSW Timber’s Howie Forest Products site at Dalbeattie last week.
The visit follows BSW Timber’s announcement of a £7m investment in the site.
The Dalbeattie mill is the largest single-location sawmill in UK and the investment will increase productivity by more than 50%.
Tony Hackney, BSW chief executive, said: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s visit has given us an opportunity to showcase our investment at Dalbeattie, and to highlight similar commitments across all our sites. We are proud to be the UK’s leading sawmilling business and will maintain that position by continuing to make substantial investments for the growth and security of the business.”
The first phase investment in Dalbeattie will see productivity increase in sawn timber and the installation of a new planer and grader line will almost double production of Easi-Edge construction timber each year.
The Dalbeattie site will also benefit from investment in a new heat source facility for the operation and kilns. Current plans include the construction of a biomass boiler which will use the site’s natural timber bi-products to produce enough heat energy to sustainably supply the increased demand on the site.