Premier Forest Group has appointed Gary Pugh as Branch Manager of Mill Timber Direct, its sawmill outlet store near Crumlin.

Pugh brings a wealth of experience with him to his new role. In addition to 20 years within the builders' merchant sector, in which he developed an extensive knowledge of the local construction industry, Pugh has also honed his managerial skills running his own business.

He said: “I’m excited to be joining such an ambitious company at a pivotal moment of growth. I look forward to applying my experience to this new role and building my knowledge in the specialist area of timber further to help the company continue to grow.”

Joe Walker, Managing Director of Premier Forest Products, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Gary to Premier. His vast knowledge and experience will be a great asset and strengthen our brilliant team at Mill Timber Direct.”

Part of the Premier Forest Group, Mill Timber Direct is an outlet store supplying a range of timber products and ancillaries directly from the on-site sawmill to both trade and the public.

Premier Forest Group is a vertically integrated timber operation engaged in the importation, sawmilling, processing, merchanting, and wholesale distribution of timber and timber products from 16 sites in the UK and Ireland.