North Yorkshire Timber (NYT) have increased their number of branches to eight after acquiring 99-year old business Edmund Robson & Co, based in South Shields.
The company will continue to trade under its traditional name, led by Mark Hutchison, the previous owner, but it’s staff of 14 is set to grow as the offer is expanded.
“The acquisition is very good for all aspects of the business, from being able to offer a wider range of products to our loyal customers in the area and also the stability it brings to our staff,” said Mr Hutchison. “Larger stock holdings will make us more competitive and better positioned in the marketplace.”
The acquisition will see a wide expansion of the range of timber products and builders’ merchants products at the Tyne Dock site.
NYT managing director Peter Kershaw said: “This is a regionally strategic move northwards for us, adding to our strength in the North-East, and we anticipate there will be more acquisitions ahead.
“From now Edmund Robson will be able to increase its product range to include more builders’ merchants products as well as timber so our customers can get all they need in one place. Our core ranges of softwood carcassing, redwood, sawn and machine hardwood and softwood continue to sell extremely well,” he added.