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Maker of agricultural fertiliser
1960 Acquired Frederick Harker, provider of sacks by hire.
1964 Public company incorporated; share issue was 8 times subscribed
1965 George White retired from the board; Hanson and Gordon White gained control of Wiles and reorganized the company. Hanson flagged they would follow a strategy of expansion by acquisition into areas where the directors had specialised knowledge Subsidiary companies were C. Wiles Ltd, Oswald Tillotson Ltd, Commercial Motors (Hull) Ltd, Geo. O. James Ltd, F. Harker (Sack Hire) Ltd, Leonard Deas Ltd
1966 Sold the C. Wiles subsidiary, maker of fertiliser in Beverley, to Hargreaves Fertilisers
1968 Bought a brick-making and engineering business, Butterley Co of Derby. The engineering part of the business was put into Wiles' Northern Amalgamated Industries group; the brick making into Wiles' building materials group
1969 Deal with Hewden Stuart of Glasgow, a plant hire firm; Wiles gave Hewden Stuart Scottish Land Development Corporation and Scottish Development Civil Engineers in return for 40 percent of its shares, half of which Wiles would offer to its own shareholders. Acquired the construction vehicle distribution activities of Jack Olding from Vickers