Golden milestone for Mone Brothers
Yorkshire-based family-run quarrying and recycling business celebrates its 50th anniversary
MONE Brothers, the Yorkshire-based landscaping and building supplies firm, are this year celebrating their golden anniversary and say levels of business are buoyant for both their trade and retail activities.
The business was founded in 1965 in Gildersome by brothers Phil, James and John Mone, and originally specialized in the maintenance and repair of plant equipment. The company is now headquartered in nearby Morley with additional sites at Eggborough, Bramhope and New Farnley in Leeds.
Over the past 50 years the company has diversified into quarrying, recycling and plant and wagon hire. Supplying a wide range of products to both the trade and retail, Mone Brothers have contributed towards many significant UK construction and civil engineering projects and were involved in recycling rubble from the old Yorkshire Post building for use as Type 1 on roads across the county.
Today, the business is still a family concern with John and James at the helm and the next generation, Kevin and Phil Mone, also on the board of directors, together with operations director Steve Horsley and financial director Andrew Slater.
John Mone explained: ‘We’ve come a long way since 1965 with the business expanding to where it is now with over 70 staff and an established reputation with major contractors, building firms and homeowners across the Yorkshire region.
‘As a business, we’ve gradually diversified over the decades into earthmoving, civil engineering, contracting, quarrying, aggregate recycling and retail for gardening and landscaping purposes.
‘We are very much a family concern with a number of relatives involved in the business. It’s been a wonderful journey and long may it continue.’
Phil Mone, who came on board in 1984, says he is positive about the future: ‘We successfully negotiated a passage through the downturn and are now witnessing a real growth in demand from customers.
‘As the economy recovers we are seeing more and more commercial construction projects getting under way and a growing number of homeowners interested in developing their own properties.
‘We are very much a bellwether for both the construction and the home-improvement sectors, and are hoping for another positive year of trading in 2015.’
The Mone Brothers quarry in Bramhope was recently used as a filming location for long-running TV soap opera Emmerdale and has also featured as a backdrop for an episode of A Touch of Frost featuring David Jason and Hollywood star Jim Sturgess.