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Spanning well over a century, James Jones & Sons has a rich and colourful history. 
Here are some of the milestones along the way.


1838 The first Tom Jones begins selling timber in Camelon, near Larbert
1840s Scottish railway boom – a major source of income for timber firms
1872 Tom Bruce Jones born – later awarded an OBE for services to industry
1874 Tom Jones’ timber yard moves to larger site close to Larbert station
1900s The company supplies the oak keel 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 is the leading British timber merchant in the country
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 £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
1971 Bruce Jones becomes Managing Director
1979 Tom A Bruce-Jones, son of the Chairman, 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
1990s James Jones becomes the first company to appoint full-time health & safety and environmental managers
1991 A new replacement sawmill is commissioned at Aboyne
1996 Tom Bruce-Jones becomes the first member of the UK timber processing industry to be appointed as a Forestry Commissioner
1997 The company achieves record sales of more than £44 million
1999 Acquisition of Unit Pallets
1999 James Jones establishes Timber Systems Division and the first UK-based I-Joist manufacturing facility
2000 Lockerbie site acquired and Lockerbie 1 sawmill built
2006 Lockerbie 2 built and commissioned

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


The company acquires Larch Ltd a well established Pallet manufacturer

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