M&M returns to Glee and announces developments

M&M Timber will be at Glee for the 36th year in succession this month.

On display will be the company’s latest range of merchandising display and staging units, originally launched last year.

This year’s range has been updated to feature 16 individual units designed and manufactured  for showing off garden centre plants.

The display structures include benching for bedding and houseplants, trellis panels and dividers, product display tables, promotional end units, and hanging basket trees. In addition to the standard layouts, M&M Timber also offers a bespoke design and manufacturing service, and will carry out on-site installation if required. Individual display units can be custom made to order in any configuration.

Managing director Nigel Poyner said: "I attended my first Glee exhibition when I was just 19 years old and it’s still a favourite of mine. It’s always a great event for meeting new customers from the retail trade and, incredibly, this where we received our first enquiries for display benches and staging, which prompted us to introduce our initial range."

Midlands based Webbs of Wychbold garden centre was among the first to place an order with M&M Timber and last year and took delivery of 350 merchandising units to replace their existing display structures.

Meanwhile, investment in energy efficient plant and machinery, environmentally friendly LED lighting and an employee skills development scheme are part of M&M Timber’s plans to consolidate its place in the specialist timber products sector.

 Forest Garden bought the company 18 monthsago, adding investment and administrative infrastructure.

New manufacturing plant is to include a biomass processing facility and new timber chipping machinery for a proposed heat initiative scheme to fuel the company’s timber drying kilns. The company may be installing a third biomass operated kiln early next year.

Following a recent survey on green issues at the Midlands manufacturing centre, further investment is to be made available for installing energy saving LED lighting throughout.

A new employee skills development programme is designed to promote active job progression with the emphasis on building and developing a skilled and settled workforce. The programme will involve supervisors, team leaders, health and safety training, with NVQ qualifications in administration, warehousing and distribution.

A newly built on-site staff training centre includes a dedicated facility for employee induction programmes.

Poyner added: "The new developments are the most significant in our company’s 30 year history and will equip the company with a more dynamic stance and stronger market presence in the years ahead. The emphasis will be on further investment in technology and manufacturing processes and, perhaps more importantly, in building a loyal workforce with the skills and aptitude to take us forward."

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