Shake up at timber firm

DENHOLME firm CR Taylor Timber has completed its restructuring programme.

The company, which has an extensive customer base in Calderdale, has been hit by the downturn but is now looking forward to the future.

It is now back fully in family hands headed by former sales director and current chairman Charles Taylor.

Mr Taylor, 30, succeeded his father, Peter, who retired after 30 years.

He said: “Like many in our industry sector, we had little option but to take critical action to help offset the impact of the continuing recession.

“We have taken steps to both streamline and strengthen the company to ensure we are fully equipped to respond to future challenges as the economic climate improves.

“We are already seeing the benefits of these actions. Performance and trading levels are improving at both our main yard in Denholme and our established Thornton Road depot in Bradford.”

The timber yard at Denholme has been reorganised and Mr Taylor said engineered timber products were performing particularly well with demand for I-Joist flooring and roof trusses from the housing and construction sectors.

“We have a healthy order book and are quietly confident about our future prospects. This new-found optimism also means our expansion strategy, on hold since the recession hit, is back on the agenda.”

Longer-term the firm is looking to change its headquarters site in Denholme to residential use and move to a new site.