A LOCAL timber merchant has joined the largest independent builders’ merchant in south Wales.

The LBS Group has acquired a Pontarddulais timber merchant’s called D G Heath.

D G Heath has been a family-run business, trading for the last 38 years. It has had a successful tenure and shares many of the core values of family-run LBS Group.

Despite the acquisition, D G Heath will keep the two directors and 24 staff members and will create new and exciting career growth and opportunities for the existing staff.

Dean Heath, of D G Heath, said: “We are delighted to announce that D G Heath timber products will now become a part of the LBS Family.

“From the beginning we felt that LBS was the right fit for us, we feel this represents a significant step forward in our future goals enabling us to continue to deliver unparalleled quality and service.

“We are confident that this new partnership will enhance our capabilities and allow us a prosperous future for our customers, employees, and all those who will continue to be a part of the D G Heath journey. Watch this space.”

Rachel and Ben Davies, joint managing directors of LBS Group, said: We are delighted to announce our acquisition of D G Heath. This acquisition is of a strong, profitable, well-run business which strengthens the offer to both D G Heath customers and existing LBS customers.

“People are at the heart of what we do, and we know that the D G Heath team will continue to provide customers with the fantastic service that they’re known for.

“We are committed to continued investment in our region and keeping the pound in Wales, and this strengthens our position as being the number one independent merchant in south Wales for the long term.”

The LBS Group was founded in 1931 and has a total of 10 brands and 51 branches including 19 LBS Builders Merchant Branches, 16 Total Plumbing Centres, 9 LBS Kitchen & Bathroom Showrooms, Civils and Drainage dedicated business, Roofing Supplies Specialist with two more hubs in progress, Talbot Timber a timber and roof truss supplier and manufacturer, LBS Home & Garden Centre, Renewables Centre, UK Build and now D G Heath. More than 470 local, expert staff are employed by LBS Group, with a fleet of more than 200 vehicles.

It offers access to all ten brands under one account and access to local, reputable and expert staff as well as same or next day delivery and holds £14m of stock across 16,000 product lines.