Timber processing giants Glennon Brothers reached yet another milestone this week as it celebrated reaching the €10m mark for sales in France.
At a ceremony held earlier this month, Glennon Brothers joint managing director, Mike Glennon presented Jean Louis Camici, of PBM Import, with a piece of Irish bog oak sculpture to mark the occasion.
The ceremony, which took place in Rennes during an Enterprise Ireland trade mission to France, was also attended by Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation, and Paul Kavanagh, Irish Ambassador to France.
Mike Glennon paid testimony to its trade partners PBM, saying the feat illustrated just how far the company has come since its first foray into the French market three years ago.
“PBM and Glennon Brothers made history in Ireland and the UK in 2009 with the first ever shipments of home grown timber to France,” he told onlookers.
“It is an incredible achievement to have grown the business from zero to €10 million in such a short space of time. PBM Import has been a loyal and supportive customer, and we look forward to working with Jean Louis, to continue to grow and develop the relationship between our two companies.
Mr Glennon nonetheless issued a word of caution about the future prospects for the domestic log industry.
“Glennon Brothers is very concerned about the impact of the proposed sale of Coillte felling rights, as they supply over 80 per cent of the logs to the sawmills in the Republic of Ireland,” he added.
The sculpture itself, presented to Mr. Camici, was hand-crafted in Co. Longford from bog oak carbon dated to between 3,300BC and 3,600BC.