Forres-based timber systems operation marks 25th anniversary

James Jones & Sons timber systems division

JAMES Jones & Sons has been celebrating the 25-year anniversary of its Forres-based timber systems division.

The division was launched as the UK’s first I-joist production line and has since grown to become a major manufacturer of certified I-joists, branded as JJI-Joists. Today, JJI-Joists boasts a 40% share of the UK’s I-joist market. The products are used by major UK housebuilders in addition to customers across Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Tom Bruce-Jones, chairman of James Jones & Sons Ltd, said, “This is a major milestone for the timber systems division and the extensive programmes of capital expenditure and innovation. Since its inception we have produced well in excess of 100 million lineal metres of JJI-Joists, and stored over 455 thousand tonnes of embedded carbon in approximately one million new homes.

“In recent years developments have included £8.5 million investment into the commissioning of a new world leading I-Joist production line, a stock yard extension and the addition of JJI-Wall stud to our EWP portfolio to help housebuilders meet new Part L building regulation requirements.”

Angus Macfarlane, general manager of the timber systems division, added, “We are delighted to celebrate our anniversary and it is testament to the hard work and dedication of our team over the past 25 years. Many employees that started with us in the beginning are still with us today and will have witnessed a great deal of change and progression in that time. To mark the occasion, all employees signed a JJI-Joist that was produced on the day of the anniversary and it will be displayed inside the building.”