James Donaldson & Sons acquires leading worktop specialist

JDS CEO Andrew Donaldson

LEADING timber expert, James Donaldson & Sons Ltd (JDS), has further developed its programme of growth with the acquisition of leading worktop specialist, Stonecare.

Established in 1999, Glasgow-based Stonecare is one of Scotland’s leading independent suppliers of solid worktops to the UK kitchen industry, and the only kitchen worktop manufacturer in Scotland offering the choice of Granite, Silestone, Marble, Quartz Stone and Corian worktops.

The addition of Stonecare adds to JDS’s expanding kitchens offering and presents strong synergistic opportunities for both businesses. It follows JDS’s acquisition of Kitchens International earlier this month and enhances its growing interiors portfolio, which also includes Optima Kitchens, Smith and Frater, Perform Panel and Buzz Home Offices.

Staff and operations at Stonecare will remain unchanged by this business development, with all 11 employees remaining in position.

Announcing the acquisition, Andrew Donaldson, CEO of James Donaldson & Sons Ltd, said: “We’re proud to add Stonecare to our growing JDS family. Stonecare has an excellent reputation for quality, craftsmanship and service; an extremely high-quality product; and a great team of people. The business perfectly complements our existing portfolio in JDS and aligns well with our strategy to enhance our offering in the market, with a focus on kitchens, bathrooms and home offices.

“Historically a timber specialist, this is an incredibly exciting time for our business, as we continue to grow through sustainable organic growth and by the strategic acquisition of market-leading specialists.  We look forward to welcoming the Stonecare team on board and moving forward together as one.”

Andrew Crombie, MD of Stonecare added: “I am delighted that in our 21st anniversary year, Stonecare is joining the JDS group.  With our shared family values and strong business synergies I am confident we will provide our great team with opportunities for growth and am looking forward to this next chapter for Stonecare.”

Stonecare will join the JDS portfolio of leading independent brands: MGM Timber, Donaldson Timber Engineering, James Donaldson Timber, James Donaldson Insulation, Smith & Frater, Rowan Manufacturing, Nu-Style Products and Kitchens International.

A family business, JDS celebrated its 160th anniversary last year. The eight businesses that make up the Group trade and operate independently, sharing best practice, innovation, purchasing synergies, and market analysis.

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