Structural work complete on James Jones new I-joist facility

14 September 2018

Structural work is now complete on the new building at James Jones & Sons’ I-Joist manufacturing site in Forres, which will house what is being dubbed as “the world’s most modern I-Joist manufacturing facility” when commissioned later this year.

The new assembly line will see the Timber Systems Division of James Jones more than double the annual production capacity of its market-leading JJI-Joist to 20 Million linear metres once the line is fully operational.

The new I-Joist line will also have the ability to manufacture I-Joists up to 13.5 metres in length, while maintaining its 450mm depth as well as additional value adding capabilities.

A contract was placed earlier this year with the world’s leading maker of I-Joist machinery, US-based Globe Machine Manufacturing Co, to supply and install the latest model of its high-speed automated line at Forres.

James Jones’ investment of £8.5m will significantly increase JJI-Joist production capacity, and is in addition to the £4.5m installation of the new finger-jointing line at Forres in 2015.

“The fact that we are British owned and managed, with the most modern I Joist production facilities in Europe should provide the UK’s housebuilders with the confidence they require to not only meet the UK housing demand, but also to negate any impact Brexit, in whatever form, will bring,” said Angus Macfarlane, general manager of James Jones & Sons’ Timber Systems Division.

He said containers from the US with the machinery were starting to arrive and he anticipated commissioning and production will take place in Q4.

The new I-joist facility at James Jones