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Northumberland sawmill to create 15 jobs following bumper profits

By Tom Keighley

Timber supplier A&J Scott Ltd is recruiting for up to 15 staff this spring and summer, with a further 10 jobs expected to be created in the next two years.

The move follows sustained growth for the 180-strong Northumberland sawmill business which saw turnover increase 21.6% to £45m and operating profit increase 135.4% to £9.8m in 2021 on the back of £25m investment in equipment over the last decade.

New roles created cover a range of the family-owned firm's production activities including timber processing and machine operation and driving forklifts, timber handling vehicles and lorries. Site maintenance and management staff, including mechanical and electrical engineers, will also be appointed.

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In the last year, A&J Scott has installed a new log sorting and grading line on a 20-acre site, expanding its current Wooperton base to approximately 40 acres.

In the next two years the firm says it plans to develop further production facilities from which it will produce timber for its customers including wholesales, distributors, timber merchants across the country and contractors and farmers locally.

A mill operator in one of the two sawmills at A&J Scott's site. (Supplied by Simon Ellis at AJS)

Robert Scott, managing director, said: “This is a very exciting time for the company as a decade of investment in our production facilities translates into increased production output. Looking ahead, continuing investment in facilities and our product range will bring further growth and employment opportunities.

"We’re very keen to hear from people in the area and looking for a wide range of skills so would encourage people to get in touch."

A recruitment open day is set to take place at A&J Scott Ltd on Thursday, May 19 from 10am-12noon.

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The County Durham-based manufacturer of insulating glass units said the deal would enable it to ramp up production
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The huge growth in staff at Starling Bank's Cardiff office
When setting up its Cardiff office in 2020 it planned to recruit 400, but now employs close to 900
North East deals of the week: key acquisitions, contracts and investments
Firms involved in notable deals this week include Sleeky, Cenergist, OneGym and Fat Hippo
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Temperatures are soaring but Voltas unable to find its cool
The company, which derives a good share of revenues by selling room air conditioners (ACs), put up a weak Q4…
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