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Buy-out unites two Grimsby-area controlled environment specialists

A SPECIALIST industrial door company has been bought out by a fellow Grimsby-area firm, prompting a move to significantly larger premises in the town.

Buy-out unites two Grimsby-area controlled environment specialists

Humberston-based Central Insulations has acquired Lincs Doors in an undisclosed deal, with both firms having regularly worked on projects together. Respective directors in the companies, Paul Walmsley and Mike Butler – who headed the latter with wife Mandy – were even colleagues at the former back in the Nineties. 

As a result, Lincs Doors has relocated from the 9,000 sq ft premises on Grimsby’s Europarc, to 13,000 sq ft unit on the new Riverside Industrial Park, brought forward by RPM Industrial Services Ltd on the former Tioxide site off Moody Lane. 

While both will continue to trade separately, it is an ideal fit for the turn-key controlled environment provision, which is bought by major clients in retail, food and pharma manufacturing nationwide.  Both have evolved with the town’ food industry, with expertise honed on patch then taken on the road. 

Paul Walmsley, managing director, said: “Central and Lincs Doors, alongside being long time colleagues in the industry, share the same passion and enthusiasm for excellence. The company has an established history for providing high quality products and exceptional levels of customer service. When I heard of Mike and Mandy’s decision to step away, I was keen to ensure that Lincs Doors continued as it always has. 

“We knew the people, and it just felt the right thing to do. We have guaranteed futures and ensured manufacturing remains in Grimsby, which is important.

“It is very much business as usual. We’re grateful to Mike and Mandy for all their continued help in assuring a smooth transition period for both staff and customers and wish them a very long and happy future.”

Lincs celebrated 50 years in business in 2017, as the deal was brought together, with Central clocking up 30 years in 2016.

Founded in 1967, trading as Lincs & Yorks Insulation Ltd in Hamilton Street, it was taken over in 2000 by the Butlers. They made the move to a purpose-built premises on Europarc soon after.

Under them it developed the use of modern extrusions, furthering computer aided design and manufacturing methods for doors and frames for industry.

Mr Butler said: “I am proud of what we achieved. We have known each other for a long time, we used to work together. The association with Central goes back before we even started.”

“Yes, it was Bob Kerr and Arthur Eccles, who are sadly no longer with us,” Mr Walmsley said, having himself bought out Mr Kerr in 2010. Dave Moore was also involved in Lincs’ formation. 

Mr Butler added: “I’d like to thank the people who have worked for us over the years, we have been fortunate to have some great people.”

Mrs Butler said the continuity of employment for the seven-strong team was key. “We have had great staff, they have been like family really,” she said. “Continuation of employment was the main thing, people like Tom Selby, who started with us as an apprentice and is now production manager, which is great to see.” 

Last year saw Central win ABP Business Growth Award and the North East Lincolnshire Business Development Award at the Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards, with a new HQ recently added in Wilton Road.

In April the two companies will be sharing a stand at the prestigious Foodex Trade Show at Birmingham NEC. Running from April 16 to April 18, the show is expected to receive 30,000 visitors over the three-day event. 

“We’re delighted with the successes we’ve had over the last few years, we’re growing rapidly as a company and we’re thrilled to welcome the team from Lincs Doors on board. I’m looking forward to the next few years and seeing what more we can achieve,” said Paul.

“It is a case of consolidating into the new premises and then building on what we have got. We will see if we can bring some new opportunities and products to the sector we work in, while maintaining the quality of service Lincs Doors has provided to Central Insulations and a number of companies in the same industry locally. 

“How quick they have turned jobs round for us has enabled us as a company to be responsive and reactive, and we couldn’t get that quality of service from any other supplier in this sector. We want to build on that.”

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