THE Donaldson Group has completed the acquisition of Stewart Milne Timber Systems (SMTS).
The move represents the Fife-headquartered company’s entry into the timber frame market and will see all 411 SMTS employees transfer to Donaldson.
Established in 1975 as the timber frame arm of the Stewart Milne Group, Aberdeen-based SMTS operates throughout the UK from three manufacturing plants in Aberdeen, Witney and a new facility in Falkirk.
The Donaldson Group revealed that all staff and operations will ‘continue unchanged’. Alex Goodfellow (Stewart Milne Group MD – strategic development) will transfer with the business into the role of CEO of Donaldson Off-site Manufacturing, where he will join Rod Allan (SMTS MD) and the current board of directors in continuing to drive the business.
The Donaldson Group revealed it is committed to the board’s growth plans and supporting SMTS achieve its ambition.
SMTS joins the Donaldson Group portfolio of independent brands: MGM Timber, Donaldson Timber Engineering, James Donaldson Timber, James Donaldson Insulation, Smith & Frater, Rowan Manufacturing, Nu-Style Products, Kitchens International and Stonecare.
The Donaldson Group has 160 years of experience in timber importing and distribution, and has been involved in timber engineering and merchanting for decades. This acquisition will allow the group to offer a stronger timber package for residential and commercial applications.
Andrew Donaldson, CEO of the Donaldson Group, said, “We’re delighted and proud to have successfully acquired this terrific timber frame business. This deal secures the future for a leading UK-based business; enabling the growth plans for it to reach its full potential, while providing reliability and stability for its existing and new customers.
“SMTS is a natural fit for the Donaldson Group; it offers a similar family-owned ethos, and has a strong reputation and track record for investment and innovation. We’re pleased to welcome all 411 employees to our family business and look forward to working closely with Alex and the full team.
“This is an exciting move for the Donaldson Group, as we venture into the timber frame market at a time when interest in the material has never been higher. The use of timber frame is anticipated to double in the next five years as housebuilders turn to modern methods of construction and renewable sources to achieve crucial net zero carbon targets. This acquisition supports the Donaldson Group’s commitment to sustainability: building a sustainable business and supporting a sustainable industry.”
Alex Goodfellow, CEO of Donaldson Off-site Manufacturing, added, “We have secured the perfect partner who is committed to our growth strategy and who will support us to achieve our vision. The Donaldson Group has a strong reputation for partnerships, reliability and integrity and we are clearly aligned both strategically and operationally which can only help strengthen our market-leading position.”
Rod Allan, SMTS MD, commented, “Through our service, our scale and our capabilities we have focused on how we can differentiate ourselves in the marketplace. There is no doubt that being part of one of the UK’s leading timber-based group of companies will offer huge opportunities that will benefit our people, our customers and our other key stakeholders.”
Stuart MacGregor, chief executive of Stewart Milne Group, said, “This deal represents an exceptional outcome for both parties. The scale of the opportunity in the growing timber frame market and the stellar growth of SMTS presented a highly compelling investment proposition and we are pleased to have found the right buyer who will continue to invest in the business and its people.
“The sale of SMTS will enable Stewart Milne Group to strengthen our investment in our thriving homes business which has seen record levels of sales in the last 18 months and, with our differentiated approach to place-making and new homes range, is now superbly positioned for future growth.”