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The James Jones story is a long and distinguished one.

Stretching back to the middle of the nineteenth century, when Mr James Jones started trading in timber and allied products, up to the present day, explore some of the key moments in our history on our timeline. 

1838 

James Jones starts selling timber in Camelon, near Larbert

1872 

Tom Bruce Jones born – later awarded an OBE for services to industry

1874 

James Jones’ timber yard moves to larger site close to Larbert station

1888

Jones & Campbell iron foundry established

1901

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

1905

James Jones & Sons becomes a limited company

1910

James Jones begins creosoting railway sleepers, telegraph and transmission poles – the first value adding process

1914

Operating at least 11 mills and employing c 400 men, James Jones & Sons Ltd is the leading British timber merchant in the country and a major contributor to the war effort 

1916

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

1919

Forestry Act creates the Forestry Commission

1921

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

1930s

Tractors begin to replace traditional ‘horse power’ in timber harvesting operations 1948 James Jones & Sons’ turnover breaks through the £1 million barrier

1950 

Celebrating their Chairman’s 50th anniversary with the firm, 2,000 people from James Jones & Sons sail down the Clyde

1950s 

The company opens its Kirriemuir sawmill. Woodcutters start to adopt chain saws and 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

1955 

The company still operates over 30 sawmills and employs nearly 1,200 men

1979 

Tom A Bruce Jones appointed as joint Managing Director

1984 

Dumfries sawmill opens – the company’s first high volume sawmill dedicated to the production of strength graded construction timber

1989 

The company acquires Kinnoir and Mosstodloch sawmills from Riddochs

1990 

Sale of the engineering division via an MBO

1991 

A new replacement sawmill is commissioned at Aboyne

1992 

The first kilns in the UK are purchased for the Aboyne sawmill

1993 

Stella Jones Inc created and the wood treatment assets of Domtar in Canada are purchased

1994

Stella-Jones Inc IPO and listing on the Toronto and Montreal Stock Exchanges

1995 

A new sawline at Mosstodloch is commissioned, and the saw mills at Forres and Alford are closed

1995 

Tom A Bruce Jones becomes Chairman, Michael Leslie and John Kissock Joint Managing Directors, Robin Stevenson Finance Director and Ian Pirie Sales Director

1996 

Tom A Bruce Jones becomes the first member of the UK timber processing industry to be appointed as a Forestry Commissioner

1996 

Jones Buckie Ltd, the shipyard, is closed

1998 

The pole division is sold to Finnforest

1998

James Jones establishes Timber Systems Division and the first UK-based I-Joist manufacturing facility. The first JJI-Joist rolled off the production line in May 1999.

1999 

Acquisition of Unit Pallets

2000 

Lockerbie site acquired and Lockerbie 1 sawmill built

2002 

Tom R Bruce Jones becomes the fifth generation of the Jones family to be appointed to the Board

2003 

The foundry at Larbert, operated by Jones & Campbell, is closed

2003 

Tom A Bruce Jones is awarded a CBE for services to the forestry industry

2004 

The Timber Systems Division commissions a second I Joist manufacturing line and a finger jointing line

2005 

John Kissock awarded an OBE for services to the forestry industry

2005 

Kirriemuir new sawline commissioned

2006 

Lockerbie 2 built and commissioned

2007 

Tom R Bruce Jones and Ian Pirie become Joint Managing Directors, on the retirement of Michael Leslie and John Kissock

2008 

Stella Jones Inc acquires Burke Parsons Bowlby for CAD$33 million

2009 

Lockerbie 3 completed, creating the Lockerbie ‘super site’ – one of the largest, most advanced wood processing facilities in Europe

2010 

Stella Jones Inc sales reach over CAD$500 million for the first time and purchases Tangent Rail for CAN$165 million

2011 

Acquisition of Larch Ltd, a well established pallet manufacturer

2011 

James Jones & Sons Ltd’s sales reach over £100 million for the first time

2011 

Stella Jones Inc acquires Thompson Industries for CAD$46 million

2012 

Stella Jones Inc acquires McFarland Cascade for CAD$250 million

2013 

The Lockerbie site commissions Europe’s first large scale mini bundling line

2013 

The Lockerbie site commissions the UK’s first incising machine dedicated to fencing and landscaping products

2013

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

2014

Stella-Jones Inc sales breakthrough CAD$1 Billion

2015

James Jones invests £4.5M in new facilities and machinery to increase its Timber Systems Division JJI-Joist output

2015

James Jones commissions a second incising line, at Aboyne, and a new treatment facility, also at Aboyne

2016

James Jones completes the purchase of TWP Packaging and becomes the UK's second largest manufacturer and repairer of pallets

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Why Choose James Jones?

We offer a wide range of sawn timber products, all produced to the same high standards expected with the James Jones brand.