NYTimber duo makes the grade on visual strength grading of softwood

24 March 2017

Two members of staff at NYTimber’s manufacturing and distribution centre in Catterick have qualified in visually grading the strength of softwoods.

The company’s mill manager, Scott Harrison, and warehouse supervisor trainee, Dan Hulme, have both achieved the certificate of proficiency in visual strength grading of softwood to British Standard 4978.

“There’s a growing demand for structural graded timber,” said Nick Kershaw, NYTimber’s managing director. “With Scott and Dan we now have seven qualified staff in our grading team which has improved our ability to deliver specially graded timbers quickly to customer requirements and to provide service advice to our seven sales centres.”

NYTimber enlisted the services of TFT Woodexperts Limited in Ripon to deliver bespoke grader training to prepare Scott and Dan for the exam.

“It is quite an achievement for Scott and Dan to get through this tough exam at their first attempt, and the qualification commands respect in the timber world,” said Jim Coulson, director at TFT Woodexperts.

“The grader training consists of an intense few days of learning, acquiring new knowledge about timber and developing the skills to accurately grade timber for structural use – a situation where safety is paramount so the grading needs to be precise.”

Staff training is part of NYTimber’s ongoing investment at its 100,000sqft manufacturing and distribution centre, which also includes new moulder technology for bespoke machining and additional roof truss presses to increase their manufacturing capability.

NYTimber is one of the largest independent timber importers and merchants in the North East and supplies housebuilders, construction companies, local builders and developers as well as the general public. The company was established in 1979.

“As timber experts of 38 years and counting we are committed to the training and development of all our employees,” Kershaw added. “We want to ensure we have the correct level of expertise within our business to take full advantage of future opportunities as the construction industry increasingly looks to timber construction and off site manufacturing.”

Photo: (L-R) Scott Harrison, NYTimber; Jim Coulson, TFT Woodexperts; and Dan Hulme NYTimber