Clifford Jones Timber Group
Clifford Jones Timber has provided high quality timber products for the construction of industrial, commercial and domestic landscapes for over 60 years.
As an FSC® certified company we pride ourselves in creating timbers which exceed our customers’ expectations for innovation, performance and quality. Our products range from machine rounds and peeled for fencing, to landscape grade for creating that perfect retaining wall. We can also supply laminate for playgrounds.All manufactured on our site in Wales
Our timber products are sourced from well managed, sustainable sources and are pressure treated to UC4 with Tanalith® “E8000 with added BARamine™ technology.”
Alan Jones Quotes “As a fourth generation, family run business we always aim to provide the highest level of service to our customers. We have customer’s which have been with us since the start and we hope will be with us in the future.”
New bagging line installed in Blazers fuels.
To speed up the bagging process in our Blazers Fuel Plant, a new bagging line and packing ABB robot was installed. This means that we can operate the line more efficiently with just one operator bagging and the ABB robot stacking the filled bags.
2 new products, CJ’s cat litter and Blue Ribbon Horse Bedding, were added to our growing range. Through our Blue Ribbon brand we supply wood pellets in the horse bedding market and are please to be able to have World Champion and Olympian Blyth Tait as one of our customers. Our CJ Cat litter range has just started to expand and although we sell under own brand, we also supply the larger chain suppliers of pet products using our pellets but under their own branding.
Blazers Fuel Factory opens
Blazers Fuels opened and went into production towards the end of 2008. Officially opened by First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones, Clifford Jones were extremely exciting to be going into a completely new venture once again. We now produce over ??? ton of pellets annually and they are supplied into the general heating market as well as supplying the National Trust and local Councils. The new RHI Scheme launched by the government in 2012 has seen the popularity & demand for this form of energy increase in a massive way.
Construction starts on the new pellet mill
After much investigation and research into the European wood pellet market, Clifford Jones decided to invest heavily to the tune of around 6 million pounds, in the construction of a brand new pellet mill, which would see them start utilising all their residue completely, either into wood briquettes or wood pellets.
Clifford Jones acquired a further site in Scotland. Adding Hunter Wilson to their growing business empire brought much pride, knowing that they could now claim to be the largest fencing manufacturer in the UK. Having two modern sites ensures that raw material and production can be utilised to the maximum, for the continuous supply of stakes and strainers throughout the year.
A briquette line was installed to utilise the waste sawdust and the first briquette was introduced into the Clifford Jones product range other than fencing. At this point in time the UK consumers were not ready for briquettes and the orders were shipped into Europe. Now they are massively popular in the UK which sees us selling around 6,000,000 logs a year.
Penny Lloyd joined the company
By 2002 the company was growing and expanding so quickly that they needed to employ a person to take sole charge of the purchase of the raw material, and Penny Lloyd joined Clifford Jones Timber. She was instrumental in helping secure, and subsequently maintain, the FSC status that the company are proud to have. Penny also oversees the logistics with the company and was made Director of Purchasing and Logistics in 2009.
Nigel Bacon - Sales
Nigel Bacon was employed by the company as their first sales person. In 1998 the turnover of Clifford Jones was just under 1 million and today in 2012 we are looking at a turnover of around 10 million. Nigel was made the Sales Director in 2005.
Purchase of new ERFEC14
In 1996 the purchase of a new 410 hp ERF EC14 greatly improved the transport efficiency of Clifford Jones Timber. It could be used to collect lumber from the forests and bring it into the mill and also then could be used to deliver onward to contractors and merchants all over Britain. The crane mounted on the rear of the vehicle made it an extremely versatile and invaluable piece of equipment. This was driven and used by Richard Jones.
New De-Barker / Grader
In 1996 an new piece of equipment was installed to help speed up the de barking and grading of the timber being brought into Clifford Jones. This would allow the timber be easily debarked and sorted into different sizes, thus helping improve the quality of the fencing posts Clifford Jones were producing.
After completing her business degree, Sarah, Alan’s daughter joined the family business. She initiated the set up of the office, introducing a new computer system and systems of good practice within the company.
First Delivery Vehicle
As Clifford Jones Fencing continued to grow, they purchased a small vehicle to delivery locally into the surrounding area.
Clifford Jones Fencing is born
A small stake mill in Ruthin came up for sale and it made logical business sense to purchase it. This enabled Clifford Jones to start processing the raw material which they were already felling and hauling, into machine round stakes to be sold on by themselves. A treatment tank was installed at a cost of £4000 and Clifford Jones Fencing was born.Starting with just 2 employees and 1 part time office staff member they still managed to produce 1,700 posts a day all by hand. Since becoming mechanised through out we now produce over 10,000 daily.
Alan’s son, Richard Jones joined the company and started to learn about the family business. He started as a feller in the woods, soon acquiring his HGV licence so that he too could start hauling the timber that he actually felled. He has worked in every department of the business and has a big part into making the business the success it is today. Now he is the Vice Chairman and continues to look for new ways of improving and expanding the business.
It’s a family affair
Alan Jones, Clifford’s eldest son joined the company and together they formed what was to be the start of a generation of family members joining the business. With the depreciation of the availability of hardwood timber in the UK, the company diversified into softwoods and employed 7 gangs all around the UK.
In the early days very large hardwood timber would be hauled from the woods to the local sawmills around Wrexham. It was from here that Clifford started to work on his vision of growing the company and with the help of his son, Alan that dream became reality.
Clifford Jones the beginning
Clifford Jones Timber Ltd was started in 1948 by Clifford Jones. The company initially started hauling timber out of the woods are transporting it to various sawmills in the local area of Wrexham. He invested in various lifting and dragging equipment, which meant he could move larger timber into the hardwood sawmills.
Meet the Clifford Jones Team
Chairman I started working for my father, Clifford, at the age of 7yrs old. After passing all my exams I started full time with him, age 16yrs. I worked in all areas of the company and became MD in 1987. I now have a workforce of over 100 staff and a turnover in excess of 10 million. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Director After completing my business degree I started working at CJ Timber, and was responsible for setting up a new IT system throughout the company. It was also my responsibility to over see the production in Hunter Wilson after we purchased that site in 2005. Recently having two children provides it own challenges, but once I return to work I will be ready for the next stage in my business career. firstname.lastname@example.org
Managing Director A management accountant by profession, Clifford Jones Timber was originally one of his clients & Keith took a lead role in growing the business from £1.6M turnover in 1998 to £12M presently. After project managing the pellet mill build in 2008, Keith was invited to head the company up as the MD. email@example.com
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Customer Service Coming from a sales and account managing background I started working for CJT in Customer Service in March 2008. In my spare time I assist in the Marketing and have been very involved in the new website. My favourite part of the job is the interaction I have with our customers. email@example.com
Customer Service I started at CJ timber in 2012 and I am still in the process of learning everything there is to know about timber. I work alongside Lesley & Yvonne and enjoy my work as no day in the office is the same and I love the challenges that brings. firstname.lastname@example.org