ABOUT THE WILLIAMSON GROUP
The Williamson family have been in the metal recycling business since 1927, we have 5 yards throughout Scotland and are on our 3rd and 4th generation of taking the business forward, the current management has more than 150 years of combined experience in the business. John Williamson 1988 is the trading name in the North East of Scotland for Rosefield Salvage ltd. which is part of the Williamson Group of companies.
HISTORY OF JOHN WILLIAMSON 1988
The Williamson family bought the Fraserburgh based, long established firm of John Williamson scrap merchants in 1988 and formed the current business. For the last 30 years we have been serving the the North East of Scotland from our Fraserburgh & Peterhead bases, providing our customers with scrap metal, waste management, recycling and skip hire services.
Initially based in Denmark Street, Fraserburgh the firm expanded to deal with rising demands from the oil and gas sector. In 1992 we opened a small site at Peterhead harbour, just over a decade later with a dramatic increase in demand, plans were drawn to build our first purpose built waste management facility and recycling centre. By 2004 our fully cemented and intercepted 1.5 acre facility was opened and we moved into the Dales Ind Estate site. Our new larger site allowed us to expand the size of our business, process more metal and increase the level of recycling being achieved with the general waste.
As the business continued to grow and expand more services were included concentrating on the reuse as well as recycling of waste materials. Focus was turned to up-cycling (taking old used items and giving them another lease of life) all as part of the circular economy we are trying to promote. With this in mind a larger 2 acre site was designed to provide not only increased capacity but also to provide space to store and promote reusable materials, plate, beams, angles, channel, chain etc. In the summer of 2016 John Williamson 1988 opened the Natdian Recycling Centre which was fully licenced to not only handle scrap metal and general waste but ELV (End of life vehicles), WEEE (Waste electrical and electronic equipment) and the Decommissioning of Offshore Equipment. Moving from our original site in Denmark street to our new purpose built site in the Westshore Industrial Estate allowed us to operate as a hub for oversized loads, pipes and more specialist segregation of non-ferrous metals. Our staff have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the waste industry. With many members of our team having worked with us for over a decade some even for a quarter of a century.
GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR
Mark Williamson joined the group full time 40 years ago in 1979 but had been working in the family business since a young age. He has a wide range of knowledge and enormous experience in the metal trading and Export business. He is our specialist on Nickel Alloys which are used extensively in the Oil and Gas Industry. Mark is also responsible for most of the group Export sales and works closely supervising the Sales Director.
GROUP FINANCIAL DIRECTOR
After completing his degree in microbiology and his postgrad in Accounting at Aberdeen University(1981-1985). Paul worked as an offshore accountant for the American drilling firm Loffland brothers. Paul returned to the family business in 1988 where he took over the running of the recently acquired John Williamson 1988 initially in Fraserburgh then oversaw the expansion into Peterhead and the opening of our 2 state of the art facilities.
Scott joined the group in 2007 initially in the Forres and Elgin operations, subsequently he had spells in the Uddingston and Dumfries sites learning how all the group operations worked. In 2008 he came to Peterhead for his first spell. After a year out travelling he returned to Peterhead to take up a post of Assistant Operations Manager. On the opening of the new Fraserburgh site Paul Williamson moved to Fraserburgh leaving Scott to be promoted to operations director running the Peterhead site.
Lewis joined the group straight from school and has been working out of D & S Metals (Forres). Specialising in the trading of Non Ferrous metals Lewis has been overseeing the export operations and handles the UK sales and purchasing for the group. Reporting directly to the Group Managing Director he sets the Group buying parameters and liases with all Group members.
ASSISTANT OPERATIONS MANAGER