DTE appoints new GM in Warrington

Richard RuseWe have appointed Richard Ruse as general manager of our Warrington branch.

Richard has been in the industry for 34 years, originally working for Southern Evans as a trainee designer. During his career he also worked as branch manager at Palgrave Brown, Widnes, and most recently he was northern regional sales manager at Pasquill.

Jonathan Fellingham, Managing Director of DTE, said: “With a proven track record in both production and team management, Richard is a welcome addition to the DTE family. He is committed to efficient, customer-focused service and has a strong sense of how to develop our presence in the North West.”

The Warrington branch, which opened in 2015, exclusively manufactures roof trusses and supplies our customers in Cumbria, West Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, and North Wales.

Commenting on his appointment, Richard said: “Joining DTE is an exciting new opportunity and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in; meeting our customers and working with the team. DTE is a well-respected company that does great work right across the country, and I can’t wait to see the Warrington branch continue to grow.”

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DTE appoints Business Development Director for Engineered Joist Solutions

Luke RobertsWe have appointed Luke Roberts as Business Development Director for Engineered Joist Solutions.

Luke has been promoted from his position as Ilkeston Beams General Manager, and his new role will be aimed primarily at expanding our existing engineered joist offering, and developing a more comprehensive overall package inclusive of value added products and solutions.

Well established in the timber industry, Luke has been with DTE for nine years and previously held positions at Walker Timber Group and National Hickman.

Jonathan Fellingham, Managing Director of DTE, said: “The business is going from strength to strength, and we are committed to continually expanding our product offering and investing in the evolving needs of our customers. Luke is a valuable asset to the team and we are extremely pleased to offer him this new position. We know his knowledge of the industry and dedication to our customers makes him a great fit for the role.”

Commenting on his new position, Luke said: “I’m really pleased to be taking on this role and I’m looking forward to the new challenge. We have a great opportunity to develop new and improved joist solutions, and I can’t wait to deliver results for our customers and the business.”

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DTE Steps Up its Health and Safety Offering with SafeWell



We have increased our health and safety offering with the launch of SafeWell, a new reusable and adjustable timber stairwell protection kit.

Following the success of our award-winning health and safety product, SafeStep, SafeWell was designed to remove the risk of working at height when using first and/or second floor joists as a platform during the build process.

Suitable for use on all standard house types with a straight flight of stairs, the patent-pending SafeWell is a cost effective solution providing safety for workers and added value for the builder. Unlike the disposable stairwell protection kits currently on the market, SafeWell can be used multiple times – making it less expensive per use and reducing the cost of waste disposal on site.

As the main beam and components can be used 10 times, the cost saving per development is substantial. Based on a 50 plot scheme, SafeWell saves builders more than £1,000 on materials, as well as 1.5 tonnes of waste on site.

SafeWell is created by fixing a main beam to the flooring system with hangers and extending a notched Kerto beam across the required length of the stairwell. Supporting beams are positioned within the well to line through with the flooring system beams, allowing for various covers, including chipboard, to be used. As SafeWell is installed using the same methods as existing stairwell protection kits, carpenters and builders will already know how to use the system, allowing for efficient speed of build with no need for additional training.

Jonathan Fellingham, managing director of DTE, said: “More than half of all fatal injuries in the construction industry are a result of falls from height, so over the past two years we’ve invested in working on products which can reduce the risks associated with working at height.

“Experience has proven that simple solutions are often the best, so we took a commonly used product and made it more economical using straightforward timber innovation. It has an unquestionable edge over the competition with its ease of installation and use, cost effectiveness, and waste reduction.”

We are committed to providing viable and cost-effective solutions to ensure that workers in the construction industry can avoid putting themselves in danger. In 2014, we developed SafeStep, a reusable metal cross bar designed to minimise the risk of overstretching when installing roof ridge stability bracing on trusses over 2.5m in height.

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Donaldson Timber Engineering appoints Jason McAteer as Andover GM

Jason McAteerWe have appointed Jason McAteer as general manager of our Andover, Hampshire branch.

Jason began his career 24 years ago as an operative, and joined our Ilkeston branch as an I-beam production supervisor in 2008. He progressed to I-beam production manager in 2010 and then to site production manager in 2012. At Andover, Jason will lead a team of 22 staff members in the production of roof trusses.

Jonathan Fellingham, managing director of DTE, said: “Jason has made a big impact at the Ilkeston branch over the last few years and his time as production manager has proven he can manage output, and also manage a team. We opened up this position to both internal and external candidates but Jason’s commitment to efficient service and customer needs meant he was the right person for the job.”

Commenting on his appointment, Jason said: “I’m really excited about this opportunity and the new responsibilities that come with being a GM. Not only will it involve the day-to-day running of Andover, but it also allows for input into the DTE business overall, our strategies and our focus. I’ve already learned a lot during my time here, and I’m looking forward to this next step.”

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DTE Achieves ISO 14001

ISO14001-tnDonaldson Timber Engineering has always aspired to be the best at what it does.  With this in mind, we at DTE identified the need to extend our environmental credentials beyond chain of custody, and we took the decision to install the internationally recognised Environmental Management System ISO 14001.  This standard is designed to help us remain commercially successful without overlooking environmental responsibilities and impacts. It can also help us to grow sustainably, whilst reducing the environmental impact of this growth.

So what are the benefits of achieving ISO 14001?

  • Better environmental management, which helps reduce waste and energy use
  • Improving efficiency, which helps us cut the cost of running our business
  • Allowing us to expand our business opportunities through compliance
  • Meeting legal obligations to win greater stakeholder and customer trust
  • Instilling confidence in addressing the changing business landscape

We worked closely with the IMS Team to prepare for the assessment.  This meant adapting a new approach to the environment, and specifically, we had to change how we dealt with our waste.

Although there is still a lot of work to be done, I am pleased to confirm that all the hard work paid off and we have achieved our accreditation to this standard.

However, in order to continually improve, we have set the following objectives:

  • Convert lighting on all sites to LED within 2 years
  • Replace heating systems with more environmentally appropriate heating within 2 years
  • Reduce waste to landfill by 25% within 2 years from 2015/16 levels
  • Maintain chain of custody certification
  • Improve housekeeping and measure success through monthly management walk-arounds

These meet our ISO 14001 and Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) targets and set us up for our next challenge, ISO 50001!

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New Saw in Ashford

20160314_111548_resizedWe recently invested in a new Randek SP722 single blade cut saw in our Ashford branch.

The new piece of equipment will be used to cut valley frames, gable ladders, short webs, acute angles and smaller truss jobs, and will complement our existing multi-blade MiTek cybersaw. It will replace the facility’s existing saw and provide improved cutting capacity, as well as the accuracy and reliability that Randek is renowned for.

Lee Kent, general manager at Ashford, said: “This is DTE’s fourth Randek single blade saw in the last eighteen months and so far they’ve all been well received. Not only will this investment increase our capacity and speed up turnaround, but this saw provides super precision and accuracy, ensuring the quality our customers know and expect from us.”

The saw became fully operational in March.

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Spandrel manufacturing line at Ilkeston

SpandrelIn response to customer demand, we have installed a bespoke spandrel manufacturing line at our Ilkeston branch.
Spandrel panels have long been a popular product, but we have recently seen an increase in demand as housebuilders recognise the many benefits of using them. They are installed as part of the roof package and go up with the house, so there is no need to get bricklayers back on site; they easily meet fire regulations; and crucially, they save time and money on site.

Oli James, general manager at Ilkeston, comments: “Previously we had been out-sourcing spandrel manufacture, but we identified that by bringing this service in-house, we’d be providing many more benefits to our customers. It guarantees a better quality of manufacture; enables us to be more efficient, and allows us to offer an improved price to our customers. It also means we can make panels to customer specification and Robust Details.”

A dedicated team has been put in place purely for the panels, and three new members of staff have been employed to man the line.

The machine itself was acquired from the Buckhaven branch, utilising the existing butterfly table and building a bench around it. The line is already at full capacity and is proving successful after just a few months. With the option to easily double shift the line, we hope to be able to manufacture panels for the whole DTE group from Ilkeston.

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SafeStep wins at Housebuilder Awards

Adèle Chabert and Ed Kirk accept the Housebuilder Award for SafeStepWe are proud to announce that we have won Product of the Year at this year’s Housebuilder Awards.

We were presented with the award for our innovative health and safety product, SafeStep, at a black tie gala in London on 5 November. Facing stiff competition in the category, which recognised excellence, innovation and imagination in the delivery of a product, judges said that SafeStep was, “a great site safety solution that saves money.”

SafeStep is a reusable metal cross bar specifically developed to reduce the risk of falling from height when installing tall roof trusses. The first product of its kind, it provides the base for a safe working scaffold platform to be fitted, which uses the longitudinal web bracing of the truss as a handrail. This enables carpenters to reach to high levels within the roof space and nail stability bracing and other ancillary products safely.

Ed Kirk, DTE operations director who designed SafeStep and accepted the award, said: “This is a very exciting win for SafeStep and we’re incredibly proud to be recognised by the industry. We think that this product can make a real difference to health and safety onsite and hopefully this will help to raise SafeStep’s profile with housebuilders across the country.”

Jonathan Fellingham, managing director at DTE added, “We’re delighted to have won this award. The Housebuilder Awards is a prestigious event, and we’re especially pleased to have been acknowledged for our innovation.”

The Housebuilder Awards celebrate innovation and improvements to standards across the housebuilding industry. SafeStep was shortlisted for Product of the Year after winning Health and Safety Product of the Year at the Housebuilder Product Awards in June.

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Robert Aldred Appointed Business Development Manager at Donaldson Timber Engineering

Robert Aldred appointed Business Development Manager at Donaldson Timber EngineeringDonaldson Timber Engineering has appointed Robert Aldred as business development manager for the Midlands region.

In his new post, Robert will work between DTE’s Derbyshire and Oxfordshire branches, supporting the existing sales team already covering the north and south of the UK. Robert will be involved with the company’s full product range but will utilise his specialist background in floor joists to promote sales in this area. He will also lead on sales of SafeStep, DTE’s innovative scaffolding system designed to minimise risk when fixing high level components within tall roof spaces.

Robert has been with DTE for 11 years, starting his career as a trainee designer for DTE’s Ilkeston branch. He held various design roles within the company before becoming a technical sales executive in 2012.

Jonathan Fellingham, managing director of DTE, said: “The last two years have been very strong and we’re seeing our company continue to grow. With the opening of a new branch in Warrington this year, we want to place a renewed focus on providing excellent service to our customers in the Midlands region and Robert’s new role will allow us to do that.

“Robert has excellent sales experience, having had a technical sales role over the last few years, and his floor joist design background and thorough product knowledge will be invaluable assets.”

Commenting on his appointment, Robert said: “I’m really pleased to be taking on this role and am looking forward to the new challenge. I’m from the Midlands and know the area well so I can’t wait to get out there and meet more of our customers, and introduce some new ones to our fantastic products.”

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SafeStep’s a winner at Housebuilder Product Awards

Prod15-DTWWe are thrilled to announce that Donaldson Timber Engineering has won a prestigious Housebuilder Product Award in the Best Health and Safety Product category for SafeStep.

Presented yesterday (25 June) during a gala lunch at Edgbaston Stadium, the Housebuilder Product Awards showcase and reward excellence and innovation in the supply side of the UK housebuilding industry.

SafeStep is a reusable metal cross bar specifically developed to reduce the risk of falling from height when installing tall roof trusses. The first product of its kind, it provides the base for a safe working scaffold platform to be fitted, which uses the longitudinal web bracing of the truss as a handrail. This enables carpenters to reach to high levels within the roof space and nail stability bracing and other ancillary products safely.

Ed Kirk, DTE operations director who designed SafeStep, accepted the award and said: “We’re incredibly proud that SafeStep has been so well-received and think that it will have a big impact on safety in the industry. It’s great to be recognised for our hard work, and we’re hoping this will really help to raise the profile of SafeStep with housebuilders.”

As a result of this win, SafeStep is now a finalist in the Product of the Year category of the 2015 Housebuilder Awards. Winners will be announced at an evening event on 5 November 2015 at the Tower Hotel, London.

HB Product Award winner gold

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