Joinery firms bought

James Donaldson acquires Rowan Group businesses

Expansion on the agenda at James Donaldson

Timber and building products firm James Donaldson & Sons has acquired Rowan Manufacturing and Smith & Frater from the Rowan Group.

Terms of the Fife firm’s acquisition were not disclosed but it said it opens new product and market opportunities in the supply of door sets, bespoke joinery and kitchen manufacturing.

The 160-year-old company, which has doubled in size over the last ten years, said it fits with its desire to expand its capabilities in the UK’s house building, offsite manufacture, local authority, and other markets.

It already operates throughout the UK from 31 sites employing more than 1,000 people and has a turnover of £200 million.

Rowan Manufacturing specialises in made to measure staircases; internal and external door sets; windows and screens; as well as bespoke joinery design for all areas of a development or home improvement. Smith and Frater supplies products such as kitchen manufacturing.

Scott Cairns, group managing director at JDS, said: “The suite of products offered by both businesses perfectly complements our portfolio in JDS with a clear synergy of client base.

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