Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,112 pages of information and 233,636 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
1988 Benson Shoes owned 82 percent of J. W. Wassall.
1988 Three investors acquired J. W. Wassall, discount shoe retailer, with plans to develop into a diversified group; Hanson took a minority stake and Benson retained a stake in the company; Harris and Sheldon also owned a minority stake
1997 Having turned around the General Cable business, plans were made to sell a majority of that company and return funds to shareholders
2000 After 2 failures in major take-over bids, the company was acquired by US buyout firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts in conjunction with Zumtobel, lighting makers of Austria