00:00 Saturday 25 December 2010 

Grainger Sawmills secure a major order from Turkey

GRAINGER Sawmills Limited (GSL) recently shipped the first four containers of a €1.5 million order of quality kiln-dried timber to Turkey. 

Susan Grainger, group director of Enniskeane-based GSL, stated that 'the timing of the order is highly significant for us, as generally there is a fall-off in orders for construction products at this time of year.' GSL are confident that when this initial order is fully delivered, they can look forward to a significant increase in future orders from Turkey. 

'Gaining the Turkish order against formidable international competition was a real coup for us', said Niall Grainger, managing director of GSL. ' The contract is a vital element in our long term strategy to grow export markets for Irish timber. Although we already export to the UK, Belgium, Holland and Germany,  we are always open to developing new markets and work really hard on growing this aspect of our business.'

The Turkish order was obtained through contacts built up over recent years and most importantly, GSL's impressive track record of meeting stringent customer requirements.

As part of their ongoing strategy of growing their existing export business to the UK market, GSL was one of three major Irish timber companies who recently participated in a Coillte and Enterprise Ireland-organised trade fair in Birmingham. GSL are also committed to participating in trade shows in Coventry and London during 2011

The West Cork-based firm was founded in 1977 by William Grainger. With over 190 employees in its manufacturing, tree harvesting and haulage operations, Grainger Sawmills is an intrinsic part of the Enniskeane and Ballineen community and is one of  the largest employers in the area, contributing in excess of €12 million to the local economy.  

The firm has invested some €36 million at its plant in Enniskeane, including the construction of Ireland's first large scale biomass CHP plant, which produces 2.5 megawatts of green electricity to the National Grid - enough to power over 2,500 homes. Company turnover for 2009 was €36 million and Graingers are proud to have Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation for every product.

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