09 January 2020 | Prithvi Pandya
Gritting operator Ground Control has acquired JW Crowther & Son, known as The Gritting Company.
The investment will boost the company's gritting operation by 25 per cent and means that it will now service more than 9,000 different locations, including three large supermarket groups.
Nigel Crowther and Paul Crowther, owners and directors of JW Crowther & Son since 1997, will remain with the business for a transition period to guarantee a smooth handover.
"JW Crowther is a well-respected competitor in the winter maintenance industry and bringing them into the Ground Control family significantly increases our winter maintenance capabilities across the UK. The combined infrastructure, people and innovative systems of our companies and the joining of two very experienced teams expands our ability to offer customers a worry-free solution for their business continuity needs.
"Combine this with a comprehensive suite of products and services, and what we have is a market-leading winter and exterior maintenance capability that is available to all 24/7."
Simon Morrish, CEO of Ground Control, said: "Over the coming months we will assess the combined strengths of both organisations. Our aim is to exceed our stated value of 'we deliver outstanding customer service' by leveraging both teams' skills and experience to create improvements as we integrate the operations. In addition, we will continue to explore opportunities for growth that benefit our customers and our people. These are exciting times for Ground Control."