MSP visits NTG Scotland at Grangemouth

Michelle Thomson, MSP for Falkirk East, has visited the Grangemouth head office of National Timber Group Scotland (NTG Scotland).

The Thornbridge Timber site is the central processing and distribution hub for 25 NTG branches and sites across Scotland. Grangemouth employs almost 100 local people.

During the visit, Michelle toured the site with NTG Scotland Managing Director Nick Ratcliffe, Site Operations Director Jeananne Drummond, and Trading Manager Crawford Churchill. 

Michelle Thomson MSP said: “I was delighted to visit the Thornbridge Timber facility. Supporting our specialist timber production in Scotland is fundamental, especially in light of Brexit and the war in Ukraine. The implications being felt through supply chains and material availability are unprecedented. I was impressed by the commitment by Thornbridge Timber to deal with the wider challenges, many of which are outwith their control, to continue the delivery of high quality and sustainable products to the market.

“National Timber Group not only provides economic benefit to Scotland, but also local apprenticeships and jobs in the industry. Grangemouth is an industrially rich area, and we must do all we can to support these industries as they work towards net zero and re-assess their business management to adapt to wider global issues.” 

Crawford said: “We were really pleased to show Ms Thomson the various operations at the site. Our Grangemouth facility is our largest site with transport, stock, and manufacturing capability all in one place.

“Timber is increasingly recognised for its structural applications and sustainability. As a low embodied carbon material which can be repaired, reused, and recycled it has a vital role to play in construction.”

Crawford has recently been appointed President of the Scottish Timber Trade Association (STTA).