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7m investment at Dalbeattie sawmill plant

Sawmill plans
The investment will allow production to more than double in Dalbeattie

A timber firm has unveiled a £7m investment in a recently acquired south of Scotland sawmill.

Borders-based BSW Timber bought Dalbeattie firm Howie Forest Products in a deal believed to be worth £30m last year.

The new investment will allow overall production at the Dumfries and Galloway plant to increase by more than 50%.

BSW chief executive Tony Hackney said it underlined the company's "commitment to developing the site".

The first phase of the investment will see a new planer and grader line installed allowing production of Easi-Edge construction timber to almost double.

'Technological advances'

Mr Hackney said: "State-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure development will help enhance value and give the sawmill total flexibility.

"Not only will it be the largest mill in the UK but it will further develop its level of sophistication.

"This investment underlines our confidence in the growth in the market for British timber due to a combination of technological advances and the high cost of imports."

BSW Timber is one of the UK's leading sawmill businesses with its headquarters at Earlston in the Borders.

As well as its Dalbeattie site it has two mills in Inverness-shire, one in East Lothian and sites in Cumbria and Powys.

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