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Construction and facilities management services company, with headquarters in Wolverhampton.

1999 Carillion was created as a result of a demerger from Tarmac of its Construction contracting business and the Professional Services group of businesses.

The company grew through a series of acquisitions to become the second largest construction company in the United Kingdom. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange.

2001 Carillion acquired the 51 percent of GT Rail Maintenance it did not already own, thereby creating Carillion Rail.

2002 Bought Citex Management Services

2005 Acquired Planned Maintenance Group

2006 Acquired support services firm Mowlem

2008 Acquired another support services firm Alfred McAlpine

2008 Bought Vanbots Construction in Canada

2011 Bought Eaga, an energy efficiency business. However, by December 2011 the UK Government had significantly reduced the feed-in tariffs for green energy and Carillion had to rationalise the business.

2012 Acquired a 49 percent interest in The Bouchier Group, a company providing services in the Athabasca oil sands area

2013 Bought the facilities management business of John Laing.

2014 Carillion acquired a 60 percent stake in Rokstad Power Corporation, a Canadian transmission and distribution business

2015 Carillion acquired the Outland Group, a specialist supplier of camps and catering at remote locations in Canada

2016 Acquired a majority stake in Ask Real Estate, a Manchester-based developer.

2016 had 43,000 employees (18,257 of them in the United Kingdom).

2017 the company experienced financial difficulties

2018 Went into compulsory liquidation on 15 January 2018.

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