The investment follows shortages caused by market demand after storms last winter and has also increased timber treatment capacity, adding an additional pressure treatment plant to add to the facilities already operated at the group’s Lockerbie sawmill and M&M Timber sites.
This new facility will enable Forest to offer retailers and trade outlets increased volumes of products in both green and brown pressure treatment.
Forest sales and marketing director John Gomersall said: "This investment is very timely, in that we are able to immediately ramp up production levels to increase our stock holding of sawn timber material and finished products well in advance of any possible adverse winter weather, similar to that experienced at the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014.
"This in turn enables us to make significant commitments to our customers in terms of the levels of stock we will hold on their behalf. We are confident that the new investment will further support our on-going commitment to our customers to provide the best possible service and product offering in the market today."