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An industrial conglomerate, of London Road, Twickenham
of Brompton Road, London
They then gained control of Wiles, reorganized the company and sold its fertilizer business.
Acquired Scottish Land Development Corporation.
1968 Bought a brick-making business, Butterley.
1969 Wiles Group changed its name to Hanson Trust, with James Hanson as chairman, to consolidate the investments
1974-6 Hanson made several US acquisitions
1980 Formed Barbour Campbell Division for the threads and yarns businesses
1982 Acquired the Ever Ready battery company Berec
1984 Acquired the London Brick Co
1984 The Hanson Board agreed to a Management Buy-Out of J. Rhodes and Sons.
1986 Hanson Trust bought a 15 per cent stake in Westland Helicopters in support of a proposed merger with Sikorsky-Fiat; Hanson Industries in USA acquired SCM in a strongly contested bid and recouped its purchase price within 3 months
1986 Acquired Imperial Tobacco Co; Hanson sold almost all of Imperial's non-tobacco businesses.
1987 Acquired Kidde
1987 Changed name to Hanson plc
1988 The Kidde business was integrated into Hanson's US operations except for most of the worldwide fire protection operations which were to be sold to Pilgrim House but the deal was referred to the US Federal Trade Commission
1989 Acquired Consolidated Gold Fields
1991 Acquired an interest in ICI but that company conducted a campaign to prevent Hanson taking it over.
1992 Sold the construction businesses to their management after they approached Hanson with an offer; the new business would be known as Kier Group. The new construction group consisted of French Kier, Kier Construction, Marriott, Moss Construction, Wallis as well as Dudley Coles, once part of ARC . There were no plans to sell the other Beazer businesses.
1994 Took steps to reduce debt, including selling all of the holding in the British operations of Beazer by flotation as Beazer Homes and selling Beazer Homes USA; Hanson retained 33 percent holding in Beazer USA
1995 Gordon White died. U.S. Industries was demerged
1996 The four main constituents of the Trust were separated:
1997 James Hanson retired as chairman
Hanson plc survived as a building products company derived from the original brick and aggregates business and in 2007 was taken over by Heidelberg Cement