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Ferguson Transport & Shipping Purchase (ex) K1 BSW Sawmill Site

(L: R) Alan Ward, Engineering Manager, BSW; Kevin Ferguson, Operations & Project Support Co-ordinator, Ferguson Transport & Shipping; Alasdair Ferguson, Group Managing Director, Ferguson Transport & Shipping; Johnny Bell, Commercial Lawyer, Twin Deer Law; Howard Jones, Group Finance Director, BSW and; Carol MacKinnon, Group Company Secretary / Financial Director, Ferguson Transport & Shipping.

A momentous and exciting new development

As of 29th April 2016, the K1 BSW Sawmill Site has been purchased by Ferguson Transport (Spean Bridge) Ltd and merged with the Ferguson Transport group of companies trading as Ferguson Transport & Shipping.

This is a momentous and exciting development for Ferguson Transport & Shipping, Scotland’s Environmental Haulier of the Year 2015, where staff numbers have over doubled in the last few years. As a result, Ferguson Transport & Shipping has expanded its operations to accommodate the encouraging growth of the Company.  The purchase of the 18 acre site will operate as Ferguson Transport & Shipping’s flagship “logistics hub” in Corpach, by Fort William, which includes offices, 160,000 sq. feet of warehousing, large hardstanding and a weighbridge, which will centralise most of Ferguson Transport & Shipping’s local activities on to the one site in due course.

New flagship “logistics hub” for Ferguson Transport & Shipping in Corpach, by Fort William

Alasdair Ferguson, Group Managing Director of Ferguson Transport & Shipping comments:  “This further investment and commitment by the Company is an exciting new development which will allow for further growth within the Company, and give us the necessary room we need to expand in the Corpach area and in some cases consolidate some of our existing activities in the area on to the one site. We will also look for other possible partners in due course, for example, in manufacturing to fully utilise the space we have available and where we can offer full logistical support.

The company has seen considerable investment in the last decade, with shipping, rail freight, port and warehousing facilities added to our growing logistics operations and at the heart of this is our customers. We have taken the steps to provide the facilities fit for purpose for our customers and enhance the service we can provide to our customers in the local and national economy.”

Howard Jones, Group Finance Director of BSW comments:  “I am delighted that our Kilmallie site has been sold to a local Scottish company that is expanding their operations and hence employment in the West Highlands.  Ferguson Transport & Shipping are a strategic partner of BSW Timber Ltd and this transaction further cements that relationship.  I am sure that they will make as good use of the site as we have in the past.”

In March 2015, Ferguson Transport & Shipping purchased Skye Transport (Crossal) Ltd; such investment demonstrates steady growth within the group for road, rail, sea, port and warehousing sectors in areas that is fitting in well with existing business and contracts.

Ferguson Transport & Shipping are one of the largest independent transport and distribution companies in the Highlands & Islands. It is still very much a family business, with 11 family members of staff, including five members within the third generation. It operates a fleet of 70 plus modern commercial vehicles and over 170 trailers distributing a wide range of general goods including forestry, aquaculture, general haulage, fertiliser, agriculture, chemicals, oil, gas and energy related products.

Ferguson Transport & Shipping deliver to anywhere in the UK and also provide a rail distribution swap body service. Their main base is at Corpach, with other operating centres including:  Isle of Skye, Kyle of Lochalsh, Inverness, Invergordon, Grangemouth, Glasgow and Penrith. They also operate from their own port and warehousing facilities at Kishorn and as well as work out of Mallaig, Oban, Tarbert Loch Fyne and Campbeltown. The shipping sector of the business works its six vessels on the UK coast line, in particular the West of Scotland, including the Western and Northern Isles as well as Ireland.

BSW Timber in the UK / Europe

►     BSW Timber operates seven sawmills across the UK and one in Latvia, employing 1,000 people in mainly rural areas as well as supporting thousands of jobs across the local supply chain.

►     BSW Timber Group’s Headquarters is in Earlston, Berwickshire. Its seven UK sawmills are based in:

  • Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway
  • Boat of Garten, Inverness-shire
  • Fort William, Inverness-shire
  • Petersmuir, East Lothian
  • Carlisle, Cumbria
  • Newbridge-on-Wye, Powys
  • Southampton, Hampshire

►     BSW acquired Tilhill Forestry Limited in September 2015, building on its core strengths of high quality forest management whilst delivering a secure and stable supply of home-grown timber to the market. Tilhill Forestry currently operates as a subsidiary of BSW with its own management board.

►     BSW’s industry leading brands Easi, Warrior and Timeless Timber are distributed throughout the construction, fencing, decking, sleeper and pallet and packaging sectors.

►     BSW’s produces a range of domestic and commercial heat products made in the UK including Hotties Heatlogs, Barbies Barbecue Fuel and Pizazz (speciality pizza oven product).

►     BSW is committed to supporting sustainable forestry, and uses FSC® certification by independent auditors as a way to display this, in addition to obtaining group approval by the Timber Trade Federation under its Responsible Purchasing Policy.

►     BSW is a proud member of Grown in Britain, a government backed campaign to create a sustainable future for British forests and woodlands and the UK Green Building Council, which campaigns for a sustainable built environment.

Anyone interested in more information about Ferguson Transport & Shipping contact 01397 773 840 and email enquiries@fergusontransport.co.uk

-ENDS-

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