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Company History

2016

Carr’s Group plc sells Food division to Whitworths Holdings Ltd

Sale of Carr’s Flour Mills Ltd to Whitworths Holdings Ltd for £36m, enabling Carr’s Group plc to focus on high value markets within Agriculture and Engineering.

Acquisition of STABER GmbH

Acquisition of STABER GmbH, a German engineering company engaged as a critical supplier to Wälischmiller GmbH.

2015

UK Agriculture acquisitions

Acquisition of Green (Agriculture) Co based in Morpeth and Reid & Robertson Ltd in Balloch, Ayr and Oban, expanding the retail customer base.

Acquisition of WM Nicolls & Company (Crickhowell) Ltd based in Crickhowell, Wales, complementing the acquisition of B E Williams Ltd in 2014, and consolidating our feed business in South Wales.

Carr’s Milling Industries PLC changes name

Carr’s Milling Industries PLC name changed to Carr’s Group plc reflecting the geographic and operation diversity of the Company.

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2014

Acquisition of Chirton Engineering Ltd

Precision machining component specialist for the oil and gas industry.

2014
2013

Commissioning of Kirkcaldy flour mill

This technologically advanced mill takes flour quality and food safety to a new high level in the industry, and has been described as “the world’s most advanced mill”.

Acquisition of Western Feed Supplements

This acquisition expanded the feed block business in the US with a plant in Silver Springs, Nevada.

Commissioning of AminoMax® Plant

Plant commissioned in June expanding the manufacture of the university research proven bypass protein product AminoMax®.

2013
2012

Acquisition of Clive Walton Engineering Ltd

Acquisition of J L Marsden + Petsmart Ltd t/a Laycocks

(three retail outlets)

2012
2011

Acquisition of Safe at Work

(specialist protective clothing supplier to the forestry and agricultural markets)

Disposal of Carrs Fertiliser

The disposal reduced the company’s exposure to fluctuating commodity prices and therefore reduced levels of seasonal working capital.

2011
2010

Acquisition of the AC Burn and Forsyth’s of (Wooler) Ltd

The acquisition of these two companies expanded the agriculture retail network in Southern Scotland.

Acquisition of Scotmin Nutrition

Scotmin Nutrition based in Ayr, Scotland, manufacture mineral blocks, such as Megalix®, complimenting the existing feed block business Caltech.

2010
2009

Acquisition of trade and assets of Hans Wälischmiller GmbH

Wälischmiller designs and manufactures highly specialised robotic arms for the nuclear, oil, gas and petrochemical industries worldwide, extending the expertise and geographical reach of the engineering division.

2009
2007

Acquisition of Johnstone Fuels and Lubricants

Expanding the fuel business.

2006

Formation of Crystalyx Products GmbH

This joint venture expanded the manufacture and distribution of the process patented product Crystalyx® in Germany and through Europe.

Formation of Afgritech

This joint venture with our South African partners is for the manufacture and sale of the unique rumen bypass protein AminoMax®.

2006
2005

Acquisition of Wallace Oils

This acquisition was the beginning of the fuel business (Carrs Billington Fuels), supplying fuel to both commercial and domestic customers.

Acquisition by Carrs Billington Agriculture (Operations) of W&J Pye animal feed producers.

2005
2004

Acquisition of Meneba UK flour milling business

Expansion of the flour division, acquiring two mills, one in Kirkcaldy, Fife and the other in Maldon, Essex. With the existing flour mill in Silloth, Cumbria the flour division now has distribution capabilities in north and south England and Scotland.

2004
2003

Acquisition of assets of engineering business Master Slave Manipulators

MSM, now Carrs MSM, based in Swindon expanded the engineering division. It specialises in the manufacture of manipulators used in the nuclear industry.

2003
2001

Foot and Mouth Disease affects UK and in particular Cumbria and SW England

2000

Acquisition of AF PLC (2 animal feed mills and 4 retail outlets)

1999

Formation of Joint Venture, Carrs Billington Agriculture, to supply animal feed from two mills.

Commission of Animal Feed Supplement’s second plant,in South Dakota, USA

1999
1998

Closure of animal feed mill at Silloth, Cumbria

1997

Acquisition of Animal Feed Supplement (“AFS”), Oklahoma, USA

AFS was the first company acquired by Carr’s in the USA, starting the expansion of the feed block business and presenting growth opportunities in the USA.

1996

Acquisition of Bendalls

Carr’s first engineering business, Bendalls, is a specialist fabrication business based in Carlisle operating in the nuclear, oil, gas and petrochemical industries.

1996
1982

Re-registration as a PLC

1972

Listing on the London Stock Exchange

1950

Changed name from Carr’s Flour Mills Limited to Carr’s Milling Industries Limited

1908

Carr’s Flour Mills Limited incorporated

De-merge from Carr & Co. Limited when Carr’s Flour Mills Limited acquired the flour milling assets.

1831

Company Founded by Jonathan Dodgson Carr

Jonathan Dodgson Carr was a remarkable man, with a life characterised by invention, hard work and thrift. Son of a Quaker grocer, he set off to walk from his home in Kendal to Carlisle determined to be a success and contribute something to the life of the nation.

Within 15 years Carrs of Carlisle had become one of the largest baking businesses in Britain. He was also a vigorous campaigner against slavery and the Corn Laws.

He started milling flour in 1836 for his famous Table Water biscuit factory, and was the first person to recognise the benefits of high quality Canadian wheat, which we now import direct to our dock on the coast at Silloth.

1831