W.Howard Celebrates 60 Years of Business in 2018
The W.Howard Group is this year celebrating a landmark anniversary - 2018 marks 60 years in business for the Group which has steadily grown its market share for manufacturing and supplying one of the largest MDF profile ranges in Europe.
The Group, consisting of W.Howard Limited (Manchester & London), Polyco Limited (Powys) and W.Howard Kildare Limited (ROI) was originally established in 1958 as a traditional timber merchant, serving the local house building and construction industries in the North West. In 1995, the current Group chief executive, Jonathan Grant and his father Alan Grant decided to invest in plant to manufacture and distribute primed MDF mouldings.
Today the business has become one of the UK and Europe’s preferred partners to merchants, manufacturers and distributors within the construction and manufacturing industries, operating from four sites across the UK and Ireland. As a leading manufacturer and supplier of primed, veneered, and foil wrapped MDF profiles, its head office is in Astley near Manchester which features a 100,000 sq ft factory and a 80,000 sq ft distribution centre. In the South East it operates a dedicated collection and distribution depot based in West Thurrock.
In 2009 Newtown-based foil and veneer wrapping specialist, Polyco Limited was purchased, followed in 2016 by the acquisition of Balcas Kildare Ltd forming a new company W.Howard Kildare Limited and building on its innovation in the sector with its primed MDF profile brands 'Fable' and KOTA™.
Speaking about the impressive anniversary, group managing director Graham Williams said: "The fact that the business has not only survived but thrived under many different and often challenging market conditions over the past sixty years, is a real testament to the hard work and commitment of everyone in the W.Howard team - past and present.
"We have seen so many changes in the industry during this time and we are immensely proud of how the business has developed strategically and grown with each opportunity.
"Looking forward, we are dedicated to building on our established reputation in the market and continuing to be innovative in our approach to both the business and the products that we offer."
As part of W.Howard's 60th anniversary celebrations it has launched new brochure which can be downloaded here.
The brochure includes additions to the core range, as well as a substantial increase in the Irish Core Range stock offer.