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Glennon Brothers wins Softwood Trader of the Year at the Timber Trade Journal Awards

Celebrating its 23rd year, the annual Timber Trade Journal Awards were held in London’s Bankside Hotel to recognise the achievements of the Timber Trade Industry. Amongst the winners on the evening was Enterprise Ireland-backed company, Glennon Brothers.

Glennon Brothers, with three sites in Ireland and three more in the UK, was nominated for two prestigious awards: Softwood Trader of the Year Award, and the Smart Manufacturing Award.

Softwood Trader of the Year Award

Softwood Trader of the Year is one of the TTJ’s most coveted awards and is open to companies across the UK and Ireland, who were given the chance to vote for their choice of ‘Best in Class’ timber supplier. Glennon Brothers went on to win Softwood Trader of the Year and is the first ever Irish timber supplier to do so.

Speaking of the win, Mike Glennon, Joint Managing Director said: “This is the first time Glennon Brothers entered the TTJ Awards. We are delighted to be nominated for the ‘Softwood Trader of the Year’ Award, as providing excellent customer support and reliability to our customers is key. It’s a great reflection of the hard work and effort everyone in Glennon Brothers puts in, as we strive to deliver high quality products and excellent customer service, from forest to front door.”

Smart Manufacturing Award

The Smart Manufacturing Award is open to all companies who are involved in the timber products supply chain, and recognises both UK and global companies who have undertaken investment initiatives in machinery and technology which have delivered significant improvement in production efficiency in the timber trade.

One of only three finalists in this category, Glennon Brothers earned their nomination following the creation of a £14 million biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant project at their Troon facility in Scotland. The plant, which was completed in 2018, produces 2.5MW of electrical power, sufficient to supply the entire site. Surplus energy generated is exported to the UK national grid. As part of the project, a new progressive kiln was installed which considerably increased annual timber drying capacity.

The state-of-the-art low emission plant conserves fossil fuels and significantly reduces the company’s carbon footprint. By using renewable materials such as wood chip, buttchip and bark to generate the heat for drying timber, it replaces the need for gas in the process. The use of renewables onsite, has also resulted in reducing road haulage by 50%, which further helps reduce CO2 emissions.

Pat Glennon, Joint Managing Director, commented on the nomination; “It is a recognition of the focus we put on pushing the boundaries of innovation and quality of home-grown timber, through the early adoption of new technology and state of the art equipment. The biomass CHP completed in the Troon facility is a great example of where we endeavour to improve our efficiency and product quality.”

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