Glennon Brothers celebrate €10 million sales to France
Timber processing firm Glennon Brothers has announced that it has reached the milestone figure of €10 million sales into the French market. At a ceremony on Sunday the 1st of July, Glennon Brothers joint managing director, Mike Glennon presented Mr. Jean Louis Camici, of PBM Import, with a piece of Irish bog oak sculpture, to mark this occasion.
The ceremony, which was witnessed by Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., Minister for Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation, and Mr. Paul Kavanagh, Irish Ambassador to France, took place in Rennes during the Enterprise Ireland trade mission to France, being led by the minister.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mike Glennon said, “PBM and Glennon Brothers made history in Ireland and the UK in 2009 with the first ever shipments of home grown timber to France. It is an incredible achievement to have grown the business from zero to €10 million in such a short space of time. PBM Import has been a loyal and supportive customer, and we look forward to working with Jean Louis, to continue to grow and develop the relationship between our two companies.
As we strive to develop export markets, it is essential that we have continuity of log supply. Glennon Brothers is very concerned about the impact of the proposed sale of Coillte felling rights, as they supply over 80% of the logs to the sawmills in the Republic of Ireland.”
The sculpture presented to Mr. Camici was hand crafted in Co. Longford from bog oak which has been carbon dated to between 3,300BC and 3,600BC. The piece which is entitled “Salmon Of Knowledge” is derived from the ancient Irish story of Finn McCool, who gained eternal knowledge by burning his thumb on the salmon of knowledge.
From left to right: Mr. Paul Kavanagh (Irish Ambassador to France), Mike and Sharon Glennon, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. (Minister for Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation), Mr. Jean Louis and Mrs. Annaïck Camici.