Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown and Abbey councillor David Stitt have welcomed the news that new jobs are to be created in Dalbeattie by BSW Timber.
The company announced that there will be 60 new operational jobs in their saw mills in Carlisle and Dalbeattie. The new jobs are a result of introducing extra shifts at both sites to meet the growing demand. The site in Dalbeattie already employs about 150 staff and the 56 hectare site has an annual capacity of more than 300,000 m3 of sawn timber.
Commenting on the news, Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown said:
“This is most welcome news for Dalbeattie. It is reassuring that a significant number of these jobs will be coming to Dalbeattie”.“Unemployment in our region is still a major issue with our level of unemployment, in particular youth unemployment, consistently above the Scottish and UK average. With both the UK and Scottish Government doing little to address this issue, we need existing companies, as well as new companies to offer fresh investment and create new well-paying jobs for the area and I am delighted BSW Timber are making this investment. It really highlights the importance of the timber industry to the economy of Dumfries and Galloway. We have the highest concentration of forestry in the UK and produce nearly a third of Scotland’s timber harvest. I think there is huge potential to create more jobs in this sector in the years ahead”.
Abbey Ward Councillor David Stitt added:
“This is great news for local people. I am glad that there is an economic success story in Dalbeattie and we have suffered too many jobs blows. These jobs will help redress some of the losses of recent years. Hopefully, when added to the recent council budget plans to create 400 job opportunities locally, we will start to tackle the jobs crisis facing our region”.