Family-owned Yorkshire timber importer, Duffield Timber, has marked its 60th anniversary with a major investment.
As well as unveiling a complete refurbishment of its timber showroom, alongside other investment, the team and their families celebrated 60 years of business with a race day at Ripon Racecourse.
The business was founded in 1957 by Robert Duffield as a small wood yard on the bank of the River Ure in Ripon, selling fencing, posts and rails. It now employs over 40 members of staff at its state-of-the-art seven-acre site in the village of Melmerby, near Ripon.
Earlier this year, Duffield’s re-investment programme saw the merchant complete a £1 million renovation of its sawmill facility on top of last year’s unveiling of a new Joinery & Woodworking Centre. The latest work involves a showroom refurbishment, as well as a new Cladding and Decking Centre.
The refurbished showroom contains an increased range of flooring, doors, hardwood samples as well as to-scale oak structures. Inside the new Cladding and Decking Centre, customers can find various profiles and species of wood; these include Oak, Western Red Cedar, Larch, ThermoWood, Balau, and Iroko.
Duffield Timber managing director, Howard Duffield said: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to all our staff and customers – past and present – for their commitment through an incredible 60 years. “Duffield’s history thus far is quite magnificent – from starting out selling posts and rails through to being the largest supplier of mining timber for the North East and Yorkshire collieries in the 1970s and 80s, Duffield has always evolved with the times. As I hope our refurbished showroom shows, we haven’t stopped innovating and investing in our services. Here’s to the next 60!”