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Spring Ram Corporation

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Manufacturer of kitchens and bathrooms of West Yorkshire

1979 Company formed by Bill Rooney And Bob Murray (RAM from their initials)[1]

By 1991 had achieved 11.5 years of uninterrupted growth; had 15 percent of the market for kitchens and bathrooms.

1992 Accounting irregularities discovered at subsidiary Balterley Bathrooms; diversified into wooden furniture by acquiring Stag Furniture for cash[2]. The finance director subsequently resigned.

1993 Major management changes as the group went into substantial loss[3]

With no experience of door making, the company built Europe's largest door making factory at Barnsley[4]

1995 Acquired Crosby Sarek and Crosby Kitchens from Norcros[5]

1996 Major losses, principally due to Spring Bathrooms and Crosby Doors[6]. Had to sell the door-making business for less than the value of its assets.

1999 Sold Stag to its management[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times September 20, 1991
  2. The Times, November 07, 1992
  3. e Times September 23, 1993
  4. The Times, July 30, 1996
  5. The Times August 09, 1995
  6. The Times, March 14, 1996
  7. The Times, April 22, 1999