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by Gavin Doherty | Feb 18, 2014


Timber processing firm, Glennon Brothers, has been selected to join the Octabuild group of Irish manufacturers.

Octabuild (est. 1984) promotes the benefit of high quality Irish manufactured goods to the Irish building and construction sector, and makes a significant contribution to the Irish economy, employing over 1,400 people throughout the country. Glennon Brothers is delighted to be associated with a group who, even though all members operate independently, share common attributes, namely:

  • Operate to the highest technical and management quality standards.

  • Are market leaders in their business sectors.

  • A solid manufacturing base in Ireland.

  • Use builders’ merchants as their primary sales route to the end-user.

Mike Glennon, Glennon Brothers stated, “We are delighted to have been invited to join Octabuild which champions excellence across the builders merchant sector. The Octabuild Builders Merchant Awards recognise the quality, innovation, and customer service that builders merchants provide to their customers every day, contributing to the economic well being of their local communities.”

Pat Glennon, Glennon Brothers added, “Glennon Brothers are excited to join the Octabuild group especially as we begin our second century in business. Octabuild companies have more than 650 years’ combined manufacturing experience in Ireland, working closely with Irish builders merchants to deliver a quality product to the customer.”

Jim Loughran, Octabuild Chairman said, "We are very pleased that Glennon Brothers has agreed to join Octabuild. As a long established Irish manufacturer their experience and expertise in the timber sector will strengthen our ability to promote quality Irish manufactured building materials. With manufacturing facilities in Longford and Fermoy, Glennon Brothers also add to the geographic spread of the Octabuild manufacturing presence throughout the country."  

The members of Octabuild are: Dulux, Glennon Brothers, Gyproc, Irish Cement, Kingspan, Sanbra Fyffe, Tegral, and Wavin.

Glennon Brothers celebrated 100 years in business in Croke Park, Dublin, on the 7th of November 2013. Guest Speaker on the day was An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny, T.D. Over 500 people were in attendance at the event, including Minister for Forestry, Mr. Tom Hayes, T.D., and British Ambassador to Ireland, Mr. Dominick Chilcott

On June 6th 2013, Glennon Brothers were awarded a coveted Ruband’Honneur medal in Istanbul, by the European Business Awards. 

In 2012, Glennon Brothers became the sponsor of Longford GAA Football and Hurling teams on a 3 year deal, to run through the 2014 season.

Glennon Brothers was the winner of the Industry category award at the 2010 Ernst & Young Ireland Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

Glennon Brothers is now the premier name in the Irish and UK timber processing industry. Through its plants in Ireland and Scotland, the firm offers a one-stop-shop solution, supplying both the Irish and UK markets with products for the construction, pallet wood and fencing industries. This one-stop-shop approach ensures the firm continues to push the boundaries of machinery and technology to produce home grown timber to the highest international standards.

Glennon Brothers are also a leading provider of quality timber frame homes and engineered roof trusses in the UK and Ireland through Alexander Timber Design based in Troon, and Dempsey Timber Engineering (DTE) based in Arklow. 

The Group is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and has gained Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for its products across all timber processing sites, ensuring that they are sourced from sustainably managed forests.