From Graces Guide
An industrial conglomerate, of London Road, Twickenham
of Brompton Road, London
They then gained control of Wiles, reorganized the company and sold its fertilizer business.
Acquired Scottish Land Development Corporation.
1968 Bought a brick-making business, Butterley.
1969 Wiles Group changed its name to Hanson Trust, with James Hanson as chairman, to consolidate the investments
1974-6 Hanson made several US acquisitions
1987 Changed name to Hanson plc
1980 Formed Barbour Campbell Division for the threads and yarns businesses
1982 Acquired the Ever Ready battery company Berec
1983 Acquired United Drapery Stores (UDS) and then sold several of its brands of shops
1984 Acquired the London Brick Co
1984 The Hanson Board agreed to a Management Buy-Out of J. Rhodes and Sons.
1986 Hanson Trust bought a 15 per cent stake in Westland Helicopters in support of a proposed merger with Sikorsky-Fiat; Hanson Industries in USA acquired SCM in a strongly contested bid and recouped its purchase price within 3 months
1986 Imperial Tobacco Co was acquired by Hanson plc who sold almost all of Imperial's non-tobacco businesses.
1987 Acquired Kidde
1988 The Kidde business was integrated into Hanson's US operations except for most of the worldwide fire protection operations which were to be sold to Pilgrim House but the deal was referred to the US Federal Trade Commission
1989 Acquired Consolidated Gold Fields
1991 Acquired an interest in ICI but that company conducted a campaign to prevent Hanson taking it over.
1995 Gordon White died. US Industries was demerged
1996 The four main constituents of the Trust were separated:
- Building materials
1997 James Hanson retired as chairman
Hanson plc survived as a building products company derived from the original brick and aggregates business and in 2007 was taken over by Heidelberg Cement
Sources of Information
- The Times, Oct 23, 1969
- The Times, Nov 28, 1969
- The Times, Dec 20, 1969
- The Times, May 14, 1970
- The Times, Feb 25, 1971
- The Times, Jan 11, 1973
- The Times, Jun 16, 1973
- The Times, Sep 15, 1973
- The Times, Apr 13, 1974
- The Times, Dec 17, 1974
- The Times, Nov 22, 1978
- The Times, Dec 06, 1979
- The Times (London, England), Friday, Jun 13, 1980
- The Times, Dec 18, 1982
- The Times, Sep 17, 1983
- The Times, November 03, 2004
- The Times, August 17, 1988
- The Times, May 31, 1989
- The Times, February 25, 1997
- Biography of James Edward Hanson, ODNB