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Meyer International

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of Villiers House, Strand, London

1982 Company formed by merger of Montague L. Meyer and International Timber, Britain's largest importers of timber, distributors of wood and manufacturers of wooden products[1]

1985 Acquired Powell Duffryn Timber[2]

c.1986 Acquired the Jewson chain of distributors.

1986 Acquired Brownlee builders merchants[3]

1988 Acquired 5 more businesses[4]

1988 Sold Hurn Brothers of Melksham, maker of garden trellis and fencing, to Williams Holdings[5] and other small subsidiaries.

1997 Acquired the Harcros building merchants chain from Harrisons and Crosfield, effectively doubling the size of Meyer's Jewson chain[6]

1999 Acquired Graham Group[7]

2000 Meyer was acquired by Saint-Gobain of France[8], becoming part of that company's growing building materials distribution activities[9]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jun 05, 1982
  2. The Times, Oct 22, 1985
  3. The Times, September 04, 1986
  4. The Times January 05, 1988
  5. The Times June 21, 1988
  6. The Times October 22, 1997
  7. The Times, November 25, 1999
  8. The Times February 02, 2000
  9. Saint-Gobain [1]