Huws Gray has confirmed the recent acquisition of two companies, further expanding its branch portfolio.

The Anglesey-based company has acquired builders’ merchant Simmons of Stafford, as well as specialist plumbing and heating business W.Dop & Son in Pwllheli, Gwynedd. These acquisitions increase the total number of Huws Gray branches to 57 with the number of employees exceeding 700.

This makes it six acquisitions involving 12 new trading locations for Huws Gray in 2016. The company’s managing director Terry Owen said: “We’re delighted with our latest acquisitions as Simmons of Stafford widens our activities in Staffordshire. It’s a fantastic fit for us in terms of location and links up our recent acquisition of Shropshire Building Supplies and our existing Stoke and Derby branches.

“W.Dop & Son in Pwllheli will allow us to expand our product offering in the Gwynedd area and beyond by offering quality plumbing and heating materials, as well as high-quality showroom products.”

Chris Simmons, managing director of Simmons of Stafford, is confident that he has handed over the reins of the business to a company that will further enhance the good reputation it has built up over the years.

He said: “We have been very impressed with Huws Gray’s approach and professionalism, and we’re appreciative of the way its team has conducted the acquisition. I would like to thank our loyal customers for their support over the years and making Simmons the success it is today. We’re confident that Huws Gray will take the branch to the next level, and we’re pleased to be leaving the company in such good hands.”

Mr Tim Dop of W.Dop & Son said: “As a Welsh company established in 1956, we’re delighted to have completed a deal with local company Huws Gray. We’ve built up a very successful company with a good reputation, and I would like to thank all our customers for their support over the years.”

Finally, John Llewelyn Jones, chairman of Huws Gray, concluded: “These two acquisitions offer us different challenges and opportunities. We are always keen to expand our branch portfolio, but also to strengthen and enhance our existing product range and service at our existing locations. It’s been another busy 12 months for us as a company, and I would like to thank all of our staff and suppliers for supporting Huws Gray’s continued growth and for their hard work in ensuring the acquisitions have gone smoothly. We’re looking forward to working with the existing teams at the two new locations.”