A LONG-RUNNING family firm believes it now ranks as one of the best hardwood suppliers along the south coast.
Covers timber merchants unveiled its new 14,000sqft hardwood shed in January, with Chichester mayor John Hughes on hand to cut the ribbon at its head office in Quarry Lane, Chichester.
“It’s nice to see you going from strength-to-strength,” the mayor told the assembled group of Covers’ employees and customers.
Managing director Henry Green was on hand for the opening and said he was thrilled at the outcome.
“It’s fantastic to see it done. It was a lot of hard work – it was a very uneven site,” he said. Up to 60 mixers’ worth of cement had to be used to create the building’s base.
Its roof contains 550 solar panels which generate 130 megawatts per year – enough to power 30 individual houses.
The firm uses the energy to power the shed, as well as its nearby mill and timber treatment plant.
Previously, the firm’s hardwood shed was on a separate site nearby.
“The win for us is to be able to have the hardwood offer on the same site as the rest of the product ranges because we used to be off site on Spur Road,” said Mr Green.
The shed contains a huge range of hardwoods, including African species iroko, sapele, utile and accoya, which hardwood manager Dennis Taylor said was new to the market.
Other examples include European oak, American oak, meranti from Malaysia.
“Everything is sourced responsibly in compliance with European Union trading regulations,” said Mr Taylor.
“I think with the hardwood we’ve got in stock at our Chichester branch, this ranks as one of the best hardwood suppliers on the south coast.”
Mr Green echoed this, saying the offering was ‘second to none’ locally.
“It’s a fantastic offer in the region,” he told the assembled staff and customers at the opening.
“There’s not really anything like it around here.
“Thanks very much to the guy that operate in here, the guys that built it.
“We’ve also got the benefit of it being a super place for these guys to work and hopefully you enjoy being here.”