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david smith st ives limited

David Smith St Ives Ltd is a leading UK manufacturer of high performance timber products. Established over 50 years ago by David Smith, we remain a family-owned and managed business, which prides itself on its ability to expand and develop its product range utilising modern production techniques whilst maintaining traditional craftsmanship and quality throughout the product range.

Manufacturing bespoke staircases, roof trusses, engineered joists, Glulam and doorsets, and with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in these products, we are well suited to design, manufacture and supply all your timber engineering needs.

timber engineering specialists

Located at our purpose-built premises in St Ives, and with significant design and manufacturing capability, we are well suited to service large commercial orders, as well as offering one-off products, typically of a more bespoke nature.

Using the latest automated equipment, we can offer high levels of precision and flexibility in our processes. As well as achieving consistently high product standard, we operate cost-effectively, which benefits our customers who need to control costs while maintaining appropriate levels of quality.

Each product division has its own design team, using the latest CAD software to prepare technical drawings and product specifications. These designs are then programmed directly into specialist machinery to produce each component; assembly is enhanced by the skills and craftsmanship of our long-serving local workforce.

technical advice and service

We are customer-focused in everything we do. Technical advice, practical guidance, attention to detail and the ability to deliver bespoke timber engineered solutions are all part of our commitment to excellent service and value for money.

Our years of experience and depth of technical knowledge enable us to identify the best products for particular applications. When involved in the planning stages of projects, we can add value by providing direction on the product technology and its capabilities.

Whether plans are at the drawing stage or you are a contractor working to specified requirements, we are always on hand to provide advice.

our clients

Our customers include house builders, housing associations, commercial contractors and individuals building their own homes. To provide successful solutions, we find ourselves working alongside architects, structural engineers, surveyors and specialist contractors, involved in both public and private sector projects.

a 50 year history

7.00am is the best time to catch David when he is doing his daily walk around the factory. Although in his seventies, David still likes to keep an eye on how business is doing in our purpose built manufacturing site in St Ives, which is only about half a mile away from the original site where the company first traded in 1963.

David left school and went to work at the Chivers factory in Histon, (famous for its preserves) in the carpenters shop, where he first learnt his trade. He was soon called upon to do his national service and returned to St Ives where he was again employed in a local timber business, which over a period of time he became a partner in. Then in 1963 the time was right to go it alone.

Initially the business would take on anything, and built up quite a reputation locally for supplying shop fittings by way of counters, desks and shelving. They also supplied agricultural merchants with doors, working with Atcost, a then familiar name to farmers.

David worked hard, supported by his wife Brenda, who kept the books and took on the role of company secretary. He admits to being a workaholic, so perhaps this was a way of getting to see him occasionally! David does say that customers used to wander round on a Saturday and Sunday, knowing he lived right next door to the business, so consequently was made to take the family out at weekends to get some peace and quiet.

Over a period of time the business flourished and moved to Nuffield Road, where they opened a merchants depot, as well as a manufacturing works specialising in stairs and roof trusses. They were now dealing with such familiar names as Potton, Twigden and Terrapin. In fact David was an important supplier to the then Hilson and Twigden housebuilder, providing them with an excellent local source of building materials. Another depot followed in St Neots giving a workforce of 230 people, making David Smith St Ives a considerable employer in the late 70s and 80s.

During the next 20 years, David’s son Michael came in and took on the role of Managing Director. The two depots have since been taken on by Gibbs and Dandy, and David Smith St Ives now has a purpose built 100,000 sq. foot manufacturing plant on the outskirts of St Ives. The changing times means we only need a work force of 150, but generally they all live locally, and many have grown up with the company.

Although David won’t admit that he is retired, he does now take some time out to travel and pursue his hobbies of golf and walking.


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David Smith St Ives Limited
Marley Road
St Ives
PE27 3EX
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