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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Carlisle-based steel firm Thomas Graham buys Hunter Engineering

Thomas Graham, the Carlisle-based steel stockholder and industrial supplies company, has acquired Hunter Engineering.

Thomas Graham takeover photo
Roger Smith, left, from Thomas Graham with Jimmy Hunter

The deal, for an undisclosed sum, was confirmed this week.

Hunter Engineering is a welding-equipment supplier serving Cumbria and south west Scotland from premises in Kingstown Broadway, Carlisle. All six full-time staff will become employees of Thomas Graham and the business will continue under the Hunter name with founder and managing director Jimmy Hunter as welding manager.

Roger Smith, managing director of Thomas Graham, said: “Hunter Engineering has a really good fit with the values and business beliefs at Thomas Graham.

“There are significant business synergies with the team at Hunter renowned for their unsurpassed product knowledge.

“Our support will allow the company to focus on taking things to the next level, which will aid future growth and customer service.”

Mr Hunter, a former fabricator, started Hunter Engineering in Denton Holme, Carlisle, in 1994.

The company is a distributor for leading welding-equipment brands such as Lincoln Electric, Kemppi, and Hypertherm.

Customers include major players such as Bendalls, Ewart Engineering and Mallinson Fabrications.

Mr Hunter said: “As the main welding distributor in the region, the move will allow Hunter to target future expansion with the back-up and support from Thomas Graham.

“Working together, I believe we can target additional customers and really bolster the already high-quality service we provide. It creates an exciting future for us and opens up opportunities.”

Thomas Graham announced plans last year to move from its HQ in Shaddongate, in the centre of Carlisle, to a larger site at Kingmoor Park on the northern edge of the city.

It is building a 75,000sq ft warehouse – about the size of a large supermarket – which will be used to store steel, aluminium and other metal supplies.

The move is expected to be completed in September.

Thomas Graham is one of Carlisle’s oldest companies, beginning life in 1892 as an ironmonger. It has 150 staff in Carlisle and at sites in Egremont, Kendal and Morecambe.

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