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Ellis and Everard

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Railway coal wagon. Exhibit at the Snibston Discovery Museum.

of 10 East Street, Leicester

1868 Supplied granite used for testing drills at the Royal Agricultural Show[1]

1869 Developed a new method of transporting stone from its quarry, which used an overhead wire carried on poles (presumably like a telpher)[2]

1890 The company was registered on 20 June, to acquire a business of coal and coke merchants. [3]

1963 Public company: successful sale of shares on the Birmingham exchange[4] Coal, agricultural and builders merchants.

1964/5 Acquired Dickinson and Son (Ashby) and Charles Forth and Son[5]

1968 Acquired A. W. Brook, chemical merchants of Leicester[6]

1971 Acquired G. F. Rippon and Co of Peterborough, builders merchants[7]

1978 Sold (presumably) the builders merchant operations to Travis and Arnold, builders merchants and timber importers[8]

By 1981 had become an industrial chemicals distributor; acquired a fine chemicals operation which became a division of the company[9]

Acquired Apperson Chemicals of USA. Also owned Prillaman, which focussed on solvents and petrochemicals.

By 1987 ICI held 28 percent of the shares[10]

1987 Acquired Cargo Fleet Chemicals, distributor of de-icers and anti-freeze.

By 1993 had moved to Bradford

2000 Acquired by Dutch logistics and distribution group Vopak in a deal valuing the company at £310 million.[11]


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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1868/07/24
  2. The Times Feb 24, 1869
  3. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  4. The Times Dec 07, 1963
  5. The Times Sep 30, 1965
  6. The Times, Nov 05, 1968
  7. The Times, Feb 16, 1971
  8. The Times, Apr 23, 1980
  9. The Times, Jul 28, 1981
  10. The Times January 13, 1987
  11. The Independent 10 November 2000