Award-winning merchant Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is continuing to invest in its plumbing and heating products, having appointed a lightside product manager to introduce new ranges and drive sales across its branches.

Howarth is delighted to welcome John Houston to its management team, who brings with him extensive skills, knowledge and expertise in plumbing and heating operations, having worked in the industry for 28 years.

Eight Howarth branches currently stock plumbing and heating products, but the leading merchant is continuing to expand in this area and plans to stock plumbing and heating ranges in 10 additional branches as of April.

John will introduce these ranges to the additional branches, which will involve liaising with suppliers, dealing with nationwide sales, implementing a core stock range and recruiting specialist plumbing and heating staff.

John said: “I’m delighted to have joined Howarth as lightside product manager and look forward to introducing plumbing and heating products to 10 Howarth branches across the country and to promoting growth for the company in this area.

“I am confident that Howarth will record successful plumbing and heating sales figures throughout the year and am committed to ensuring Howarth remains a leader in the marketplace.”