A Managing Director of an Angus quarry has just announced the centrepiece of his £1 million vision for the future.
Brian Binnie – who created Denfind Stone Ltd 8 years ago alongside wife Alison – is about to introduce an innovative system that will increase their production by around 50%.
The state of the art processing plant and offices currently nearing completion within the rural setting of Denfind Farm and adjacent to Pitairlie Quarry, can be found about 10 miles North East of Dundee. A bespoke piece of machinery recently installed within the new facility will, said Brian, allow the company to better meet its growing demand for sandstone which has already attracted developers across the UK as well as supplying numerous Jewsons branches across Scotland.
“Everyone at Denfind is excited by the new development which will enable us to streamline the business, grow our production levels and increase our output to meet ever increasing demands.”
The extracted stone will pass along an individually designed picking line and will enable selection of stones destined for dyking stone, guillotined stones, copes and corners. This bespoke grading station will enable more efficient production by eliminating the need to stop in order to empty skips. Significant increases in production will be achieved by using this new method alone.
The purchasing of two high-tech saws will allow new stock products to be introduced in the New Year including 30mm cladding, flag stones and slates, amongst others.
Innovative procedures have been used within the build for example a bio mass boiler has been installed to heat the building and is fuelled by straw, a by-product of the farm enterprise.
Alison Binnie commented:
“The introduction of the bio mass boiler means that we are utilising a by-product from our farm which minimises the environmental impact that our new stone production facility has.”
As well as its ambitious seven figure investment the award winning company is also looking to safeguard the next generation of stone masons and dykers. The firm is working towards becoming a centre of excellence for training helping to ensure that the art of drystone dyking will endure over many years and help retain a skill that has been around for centuries.
Historic Scotland have recognised this commitment and also the uniqueness of the business by awarding Denfind Stone two bursary placements which will help massively to offset the costs the company will incur in setting up a training facility.
The new venture was due to open late October 2012 but recent bad weather pushed back the schedule and it is now expected to go into production in December 2012.
Family-run business, Denfind Stone, is a Scottish natural stone company based in Angus. Denfind Stone is one of Scotland’s premier stone companies and supplies materials to architectural practices, private clients, leading contractors and a number of high-profile organisations, including The National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland.
Denfind Stone is operated by the husband and wife partnership of Brian and Ali Binnie, and in addition to supplying an extensive range of stone and masonry products, Denfind Stone boasts an expert team of stone masons and dykers.
Since the company was first founded, Denfind Stone has not changed its business ethos and is still dedicated to providing customers with the best quality products and services possible.