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James Callander collapses with 89 job losses

Blair NimmoTimber company James Callander and Son has plunged into administration with the loss of 89 jobs.

The Falkirk-based company, established in 1946, is a processor of softwood to the UK construction, packaging, and fencing stockist sectors.

Logs are delivered to the company’s leased site at Devilla in Fife where they are sorted and transferred to its owned premises at Falkirk to be processed and despatched to customers.

The company has typically generated annual turnover of approximately £12 million. However, it has suffered losses in recent years due to a combination of challenging market conditions, funding constraints and an inability to secure the quantity of supplies necessary to operate at optimum levels.

The business employed 95 people, 91 of whom are based at the company’s site in Falkirk and four in Fife.

Joint administrators Blair Nimmo (pictured) and Tony Friar of KPMG said 89 employees have been made redundant (85 in Falkirk and four in Fife). Six staff have been retained to help find buyers for the firm’s principal assets comprising stock, plant, equipment, and the freehold property.

Mr Nimmo,KPMG’s Global Head of Restructuring, said: “Unfortunately, James Callander and Son was unable to continue in light of challenging trading conditions and significant cash flow difficulties.

“This has, in turn, resulted in the redundancies which have been announced today. We will be working with all affected employees and the relevant government agencies to ensure a full range of support is available.

“We will also be exploring the possibility of securing a sale of the company’s assets and would encourage any interested parties to contact us as soon as possible.”

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