The new facility is currently undergoing internal fit-out, with a view to production beginning in January 2020 the new sawmill is expected to create an additional 20 permanent jobs once operational.

This is the first phase in the biggest investment we have ever made in a single year, with upcoming plans for additional storage taking the total investment to around £12 million.

The new facilities are crucial to our long-term vision for the company, and will allow us to further set ourselves apart by offering a level of guaranteed quality that others in the industry can’t match.

A ‘UK first’, the new facility will feature scanning technology that is unique within the UK market, and which will allow us to identify and eliminate defects in lengths of timber before they reach customers – significantly reducing waste, and – crucially – saving building manufacturers valuable time.

Commenting on the investment, Arbor Forest Products’ managing director, Jason Ostler, said: “We’re proud to be investing in the future of the company at what is, for many, a challenging time to be doing business. However, as a family-run business that has been setting the standard for UK timber for generations, we are able to take a longer-term view that makes an investment like this a sound business decision for us.”