History of Con Mech Group: Con Mech Group - part of the Con Mech Group Limited group.
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History of Con Mech Group

The original company was founded in 1949 and named Con Mech Engineers Ltd supposedly an abbreviation of Constructional and Mechanical Engineers to cover as wide a scope as possible as it was not known then which direction it would take. It started manufacturing grader blades for the export market and later on added cutting edges, all at that time made from carbon steel.

The original offices were at 4, Southampton Place in Bloomsbury London and manufacturing was at first carried out in Kingston, then in Esher and later at Woking all in Surrey. The London office was closed and all activities based at Woking from 1960. In 1961 Con Mech purchased C.S. Du Mont Ltd the neighbouring factory, which at that time made packaging machinery as well as bread knives for bread slicing machines. The acquisition was mainly to get extra space. Within a few years the packaging machinery section was closed and the space used for earth moving spares. The bread knife manufacture remained.

In 1970 there was a major refurbishment of the Woking offices and the company remained there until the end of 1988. In 1986 Con Mech purchased Weartech a company involved in similar activities. Weartech manufactured earthmoving spare but mainly in heat treated boron steel. From 1989 both Con Mech and Weartech were consolidated at the Annfield Plain site under the name Con Mech Engineers Ltd and C.S. Dumont was moved into a small rented factory in Consett Co. Durham. The original company at this time was renamed Con Mech Group Ltd and became the holding company for the Group. The Holding company moved to a small office in the middle of Woking.

The main development at that time was the building at Annfield Plain of a heat treatment department. The first furnace was 4.5 metres long and was completed in1989 with a water quench and a second tempering furnace added soon after. The company then decided to go into third party heat treatment and over the years a further six have been added two of which are 6.3 metres long together with a another water quench tank of similar size.

With the proceeds from the sale of the Woking site the Group set about expansion. Tripp Batt & Co. Ltd was acquired in July 1988, the Henry Williams Group in March 1989 and Pan Anglia (Country Merchants ) Ltd in April 1991.

In June 2015, Marlows Home and Garden Centre, located in Bury St Edmunds was acquired.

Henry Williams has been situated in Darlington for nearly 100 years and is involved in the railways and highways industries and has a forge, a sheet metal department and electrical workshops and design facilities.

Tripp Batt is now based within Marlows (see below) and sells a wide variety of gardening machinery and associated products.

Pan Anglia is based at Sudbury in Suffolk and sells farm parts to a wide variety of customers around the UK.

Marlows Home and Garden is located in Bury St Edmunds and sells a wide range of garden products and machinery as well as homewares, kitchens, bathrooms, pets and aquatics.