From its trading roots more than 180 years ago in the 1830s James Jones & Sons Ltd has had a very varied and diverse history working across many sectors and touching many communities across the UK.
The company's founder James Jones first starts selling timber in Camelon, near Larbert, Scotland.
Tom Bruce-Jones is born – later in his life he is awarded an OBE for services to industry.
The company supplies the oak keel and other timbers for Captain Scott’s legendary Antarctic exploration vessel, Discovery.
Operating at least 11 mills and employing 400 men, James Jones & Sons Ltd is the leading British timber merchant and a major contributor to the war effort.
The ship building company Jones Buckie Slip & Shipyard Ltd is created in Buckie.
The Forestry Act creates the Forestry Commission.
James Jones displays a house built entirely from timber at Glasgow’s Ideal Homes Exhibition. The house could be erected in just 11 days.
During the 1930s tractors began to replace traditional ‘horse power’ in timber harvesting operations. By 1948 James Jones & Sons’ turnover breaks through the £1 million barrier.
The company opens its Kirriemuir sawmill. Woodcutters start to adopt chainsaws and we see the advent of forklift trucks.
The great windblow brings down millions of trees all over north eastern Scotland.
James Jones’ new head offices are completed in Larbert. This building remains the company’s head office.
The Sixties and Seventies were a time of great change across the James Jones business, but an era of significant modernisation and expansion were soon to begin following the appointment of Tom A. Bruce-Jones as Joint Managing Director in 1979.
Dumfries Sawmill opens – the company’s first high volume sawmill, dedicated to strength graded timber. James Jones acquires Kinnoir and Mosstodloch (pictured) sawmills from Riddochs and sells the engineering division via an MBO.
A replacement sawmill is commissioned at Aboyne and Aboyne also becomes the first UK sawmill to purchase kilns to begin kiln drying our timber.
Stella Jones Inc is created as a joint venture between James Jones and Italian company Stella SPA and the wood treatment assets of Domtar in Canada are purchased.
Tom A. Bruce Jones becomes first UK timber processor to be appointed as a Forestry Commissioner.
James Jones establishes its Timber Systems Division and creates the first UK-based I-Joist production line producing its JJI-Joists. The pole division is also sold to Finnforest.
The Lockerbie site at Stevens Croft is acquired and the first sawmill, Lockerbie 1, is commissioned on what will, over the next decade, be developed into Europe's most technologically advanced sawmilling site.
Tom A. Bruce Jones is awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace for services to the forestry industry.
A new sawline is commissioned at Kirriemuir and the company's Managing Director, John Kissock, is awarded an OBE for services to the forestry industry.
Our Lockerbie 3 primary processing sawmill is commissioned, creating the Lockerbie ‘super site’ at Stevens Croft – one of the largest, most advanced wood processing facilities in Europe.
Pallet manufacturer Larch in Wrexham is acquired; James Jones & Sons’ annual sales exceed £100 Million for the first time and Stella Jones Inc acquires Thomson Industries for CAD$46 Million.
Europe’s first large scale mini-bundling line is commissioned at Lockerbie; the UK’s first incising line dedicated to fencing and landscaping products is commissioned, also at Lockerbie, and Stella Jones Inc acquires The Pacific Wood Preserving Companies for US$33 Million.
Stella Jones Inc acquires Boatright Railroad Products for US$60 million, while its annual sales exceed CAD$1 Billion.
James Jones completes the purchase of TWP Packaging in Gateshead and becomes the UK’s second largest manufacturer and repairer of wooden pallets.
The new £17.5 Million, 22,500m2 development at Hangingshaw, three miles north of the Stevens Croft site at Lockerbie, is commissioned giving the James Jones Group a secondary processing, undercover storage and distribution facility unique in our industry.
An £8.5 Million investment plan to build what will be a world leading I-Joist assembly line at our Timber Systems Division in Forres is announced, with commissioning scheduled for Q2 2019.