Simon Howie sells Thrislington Cubicles to Bobrick Washroom Equipment

Perthshire-based entrepreneur Simon Howie has sold Thrislington Cubicles, the Deeside, Wales-based designer and manufacturer of toilet cubicles, access panels and vanity units, to global washroom accessory and partition company Bobrick Washroom Equipment, headquartered in North Hollywood, CA, for an undisclosed sum.

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Thrislington’s core business is the design, manufacture, and installation of washroom products for the commercial, leisure, health, and education sectors. It sells product in North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, has annual profits in excess of £2 million and employs a staff of more than 60.

Thrislington products have won multiple design awards and been installed in prestigious projects from Alice Tully Hall at New York City’s Lincoln Center, Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, the Doha Convention Center in Qatar and the Qatar Petroleum District.

The sale of Thrislington follows last month’s sale of Simon Howie’s two other firms under his Strata Group – Mermaid Panels and Shore Laminates – manufacturers of shower walls and wall panel systems, to Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces, a global manufacturer and distributor of engineered surfaces headquartered in Austin, Texas in an all-cash deal of £30m.

Commenting on this latest disposal, Simon Howie said: “Thrislington has been trading extremely well and the new owners embraced the global reach of its products. Bobrick were quick to acknowledge the depth of talent and the quality of the IP in the business and, as such, a deal was struck very quickly.

“Bobrick is the right buyer for Thrislington. This is a strategic purchase for them and I am delighted that they have committed to keeping Thrislington’s base in the UK and to growing and developing the business.”

Matthew Louchheim, vice president, Bobrick, said: “We are thrilled to have Thrislington join the Bobrick family of brands. The talented Thrislington team has continuously raised the bar in washroom partition design and functionality and we look forward to making further investments in the company.”

Jeff Orme, Director, added: “The Thrislington team is excited to join Bobrick. Its core values and passion for product are consistent with our own, and we look forward to working with our new colleagues in deepening our reach worldwide.”

Chairman of the self-named Simon Howie Group, Simon Howie is best known as the entrepreneur behind leading Scottish family meat business, Simon Howie Foods, producer of the UKs top selling Bacon, Black Pudding and Haggis products, which supplies all the major supermarkets with a range of butchery products and operates award-winning butcher shops in Perth and Auchterarder.

Less well known is the fact that the Simon Howie Group has an annual turnover in excess of £60 million and employs almost 400 staff across a diverse range of industrial sectors encompassing property, waste energy, bulk goods handling and distribution and farming. Bobrick has six manufacturing divisions across the United States and Canada and business operations that extend into 85 markets worldwide.

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For further information please contact Simon Howie on 07971 277272 / 01764 686000

Issued by Liquorice Media tel 0187 738 2961 www.liquorice-media.com

Date: 31 January 2018

Notes to Editors

• Simon Howie Butcher (supplies all UK supermarkets, Brakes, major hotels such as Di Maggios, Gleneagles, Old Course, etc. and has a turnover of £16m.

• Rossco Properties operates more than 2m sq ft of commercial/industrial space in Scotland and the North of England.

• Calport, Perth harbour is run by Ross Howie (26), Simon’s son.

• Simon Howie operates a JV with Kevin Tailor in Dupplin Investments and is owner of Pacitti Jones, Glasgow and Cerberus Tech.

• His two farms, Findony and Millhouse, are based at Dunning, Perthshire.

• Simon is married to Karen and they have two children, Ross and Lynne. Ross works in the group with Simon and Lynne is in the management team at Alexander Dennis (Falkirk). Karen has a shop Forget me Not Fashions in Auchterarder, which opened in 1989.