1838

The company's founder James Jones first starts selling timber in Camelon, near Larbert, Scotland.

1838

1872

Tom Bruce-Jones is born – later in his life he is awarded an OBE for services to industry.

1872

1901

The company supplies the oak keel and other timbers for Captain Scott’s legendary Antarctic exploration vessel, Discovery.

1901

1914

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.

1914

1916

The ship building company Jones Buckie Slip & Shipyard Ltd is created in Buckie.

1919

The Forestry Act creates the Forestry Commission.

1921

James Jones displays a house built entirely from timber at Glasgow’s Ideal Homes Exhibition. The house could be erected in just 11 days.

1930 - 1950

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.

1950s

The company opens its Kirriemuir sawmill. Woodcutters start to adopt chainsaws and we see the advent of forklift trucks.

1953

The great windblow brings down millions of trees all over north eastern Scotland.

1954

James Jones’ new head offices are completed in Larbert. This building remains the company’s head office.

1970s

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.

1970s

1984 - 1990

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.

1984

1991 - 1992

A replacement sawmill is commissioned at Aboyne and Aboyne also becomes the first UK sawmill to purchase kilns to begin kiln drying our timber.

1991

1993

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.

1993

1996

Tom A. Bruce Jones becomes first UK timber processor to be appointed as a Forestry Commissioner.

1998

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.

2000

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.

2003

Tom A. Bruce Jones is awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace for services to the forestry industry.

2003

2005

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.

2005

2009

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.

2009

2011

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.

2013

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.

2014

Stella Jones Inc acquires Boatright Railroad Products for US$60 million, while its annual sales exceed CAD$1 Billion.

2016

James Jones completes the purchase of TWP Packaging in Gateshead and becomes the UK’s second largest manufacturer and repairer of wooden pallets.

2016

2017

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.

2017

2018

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.

2018