Today we’re delighted to be celebrating our 65th anniversary! On 4th December 1958 Mr William Howard created the business, which began as a traditional timber merchant, serving the local farmers and joiners in and around Manchester.

Over the decades that followed, W.Howard expanded to become a manufacturer and distributor of timber products, with Alan Grant joining the business in 1970.

Sixty-five years later we’re proud to still be a family run business, with Alan’s son Jonathan now Group Chief Executive of a company that employs 165 people in five sites across England, Wales and Ireland.

From these beginnings we now offer Europe’s widest range of MDF profiles and skirting products, and continue to expand our portfolio with Wall Panelling Kits, window boards, door linings and other bespoke products. We believe our longevity as a business is down to our dedication to outstanding customer service – we put our customers first and will always go the extra mile to support them with whatever they need to grow their business through our products.

Speaking about the company’s anniversary, Jonathan said: “To be celebrating W.Howard’s 65th anniversary is a fantastic achievement for everyone who works – and has worked – in the business over those years. It’s been an incredible journey and I am delighted to have been part of W.Howard for more than 35 years. We certainly have no plans to retire at 65!

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the entire W.Howard team for their continuing hard work and dedication, and also a huge thank you to all our customers and suppliers for continuing to support us.”

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