Taking pride in our past, investing in our future

As part of the Donaldson Group, we pride ourselves on the core values shared across the wider group of companies.

This means that providing exceptional customer service is at the heart of everything we do. By delivering a fully tailored service to our customers, such as offering mixed product loads, a bespoke machining service and unrivalled delivery services, we reinforce our commitment to our customer service, all while guaranteeing high service and quality standards through our sales, manufacturing and distribution processes, which are closely monitored by our management system.

We pride ourselves on our integrity, our people, delivering sustainable financial and environmental performance, and embracing the future through our proud family heritage of over 160 years.

Being part of a family business, we hold ourselves to these values to behave ethically, morally and responsibly at all times. Our people, customers and suppliers recognise this, understanding the value this adds to their business and therefore, differentiates us from our competitors.

See below to find out more about James Donaldson Timber throughout the years.


The company starts life as a timber merchant in Tayport and is run by James Donaldson along with his two sons, James and George


The company acquire a second timber yard based in Leven and the growth of the company begins.


Following the war, the company achieve record sales and profits, and George Donaldson converted the partnership into a limited liability company and so James Donaldson & Sons Ltd was born.


Donaldson’s acquire Elm Park, an eleven acre site in Leven, which provided additional space for stacking timber.


James Donaldson & Sons become the first Scottish timber company to buy a fork lift truck, used to handle timber at the Elm Park site. The business saw an immediate and striking improvement in productivity.


Neil Donaldson

5th Generation Neil Donaldson joins the family business and following growth and success, turnover exceeds 3 million.


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James Donaldson Timber (JDT) Ltd is formed.


JDT became the first timber business in Scotland and the second in the UK to achieve accreditation for the Forest Stewardship Council, following this in 2003 with accreditation from the Pan European Forestry Council.


Michael Donaldson

Iain Torrance succeeds Scott Cairns as Managing Director of JDT.


A new Protim treatment tank was installed – at the time, this was the biggest treatment tank in Europe.


Silktrim packaging

JDT acquires its first English base by acquiring Alfred Hulme in Chorley, Lancashire, bringing greater geographic opportunities and a skilled workforce in the manufacture of Silktrim MDF Mouldings.


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New MDF line was installed at Elm Park and became operational during February 2016 – at the time a capitol spend in the region of £2.5m represented the largest single investment in manufacturing kit that JDS had ever made.