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Aggregate Industries acquire Bucbricks


AGGREGATE Industries have strengthened their specialist sand product offering with the purchase of Bucbricks, the family-owned specialist sand business based at Ardleigh, near Colchester, Essex, for an undisclosed sum.

Bucbricks’ managing director, Lynda Thompson, current chairman of the Quarry Products Association, former president of the Silica and Moulding Sands Association (SAMSA) and one of the most successful businesswomen in the construction materials sector, will assist Aggregate Industries in a consultancy role to support the development of Bucbricks’ Martells Quarry and the company’s other Essex-based businesses, as well as identifying strategy and determining the direction of a number of Aggregate Industries’ other businesses.

Bucbricks, who currently produce more than 20 grades of sand for supply to over 400 customers throughout the UK and overseas, will strengthen and complement Aggregate Industries’ existing specialist sand business, Garside Sands, based at Leighton Buzzard, extending their geographical coverage to the east of England and boosting sand and gravel reserves in the south-east region.

Bucbricks’ operations manager, Keith Thompson, will remain with the company, managing operations at Martells Quarry as well as helping at Aggregate Industries’ nearby Ardleigh Quarry, while Colin Parke, general manager of Garside Sands, will oversee operations at both Bucbricks and Garside Sands to maximize the synergies between the two businesses, using Garside Sands’ sales structure to provide nationwide sales coverage for products from both businesses.

Commenting on the deal, Aggregate Industries’ group chief executive, Bill Bolsover, said: ‘Bucbricks will dovetail perfectly with our Garside Sands business and I am very pleased that this company, which I have admired for some time, is now part of Aggregate Industries. I am especially delighted that Lynda has agreed to stay on as consultant and that she has also agreed to take on an important role in determining the future direction of a number of our other businesses.

‘Lynda has never been afraid to speak out on the range of issues affecting our sector and her vision and business experience will be invaluable not only to our enlarged specialist sands business, but also to our other aggregate operations. I look forward to the success that the combined strength and knowledge of the two businesses will bring.’


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