Family-owned timber merchant, Hales Sawmills, has completed the build of a new £5m state-of-the-art timber facility in Market Drayton, which will create more than 15 jobs for local people.
Located at Adderley Road Industrial Park in Shropshire, the purpose-built facility sits on 15 acres of land and includes new treatment plants, a biomass boiler, timber drying kiln, manufacturing facilities and a large shop, serviced by a large concreted yard.
The land also includes seven acres of industrial development land to the north of the site which could be developed at a later date, further increasing the site’s economic potential.
Hales Sawmills had outgrown its existing premises and required a new site to meet the demand from its growing customer base and to support the company’s future growth plans. A Regional Growth Fund (RGF) grant was secured to supplement additional funds raised by the company.
Julian Parton, managing director of Hales Sawmills, said: “As a family run business, now into our third generation of ownership, we are proud to have built up a successful business with a workforce of 36 employees over the last 30 years. This new facility will enable us to realise our ambitions for the future, growing the business to meet market demand and creating new skilled jobs for local people.
Colliers International provided valuation services to Hales Sawmills and advised on the strategic use of the site. Mitten Clarke provided financial services with NatWest supporting the funding application process, including securing the RGF grant, through its Shrewsbury commercial office.
Hales Sawmills will officially open the new site to the public on the Monday 2nd March.