The Holley family started treating wooden transmission poles in 1939. The original treatment plant was developed by the then President of the Commonwealth Forestry Association, Mr. James Hunt Holley Snr. This treatment plant on Broadmore farm, has continuously been upgraded and still forms the core of our business. The first specialized transmission pole drying kilns in Africa were imported from Germany and installed in 1980 at the original plant. TTP has expanded the drying kiln capacity at our additional plants giving TTP the largest capacity of any treated pole manufacturer in Africa.
Over the past several years TTP has grown its pole processing capacity significantly from the original Broadmoor plant with the acquisition of Cramond, Ashton, Ramanas, Lows Creek and recently the Lowveld Treated Timber Products and Sawco treating plants, with a combined treating capacity of 30,000 cubic meters of poles per month.
During the same time period of plant acquisition TTP and its associate companies have purchased significant commercial Timber plantation holdings in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa as well as in Swaziland and Mozambique. Today TTP and its associate companies have some 60,000 hectares of commercial timber plantations in South Africa and a further 60,000 under development in Mozambique.