Leading timber processing firm, Glennon Brothers welcomed Mr Fergus Ewing, MSP for Inverness & Nairn, and Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, to its plant in the port of Troon (formerly Adam Wilson & Sons), on Thursday March 30 2017.
During the visit, Mr Ewing met with Joint Managing Directors, Pat and Mike Glennon, and saw first-hand the ongoing construction of the £14 million investment in a combined heat and power (CHP) biomass facility. The visit aimed to highlight the importance of the sawmilling sector to the Scottish economy, and afforded the Cabinet Secretary the opportunity to engage with Glennon Brothers, on the key issues facing the sawmilling and wider forest products sector.
Fergus Ewing MSP said: “I welcome Glennon Brothers' substantial investment into their site at Troon which will support jobs and boost the local economy. Their integrated approach is great for the economy and for the environment, in particular when linked to the use of ships to move timber and reduce lorry miles. I am committed to working with the forest industries to reduce the impacts of timber transport and have recently increased the funding to support this with an extra £5 million.”
Mike Glennon said “The construction of a new state of the art Combined Heat & Power (CHP) plant will provide the final link in transforming Glennon Brothers Troon into a fully integrated site. Logs are delivered from the coasts and islands of Scotland by boat, to be processed in the sawmill. Some of this finished timber will then cross the road to our engineered timber facility, Alexanders Timber Design (ATD), to be incorporated into quality timber frame homes. The CHP plant will produce sufficient electrical power to power the whole plant and export up to 2.5MW of power to the National Grid. “
Pat Glennon said “Continuity of raw material supply is essential to the growth and development of the sawmilling sector. We were pleased to have the opportunity to discuss Mr Ewing’s commitment to the future of forestry in Scotland. We are delighted that the government have pledged further support for the Timber Link service, and that an additional £5 million has been allocated to the Strategic Timber Transport Scheme.”