Historic buy-out for Halifax firm John Winter

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Halifax-based supplier to the foundry industry, John Winter, has acquired CAT International’s manufacturing facility in the single largest investment in the company’s 50-year history.

In a move that will see John Winter cement its position as one of the leading UK manufacturers and suppliers to the foundry industry, the independently-owned company will take on CAT’s Warwick manufacturing facility, products, and existing employees and create more jobs as part of the deal.

CAT International is a leading manufacturer of specialist foundry consumables, with two sites in the UK.

Following the acquisition, it will continue to trade from its head office in Hixon, Staffordshire as John Winter, which was founded in 1963 and is based on Copley Avenue, takes over its 4,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Warwick.

Dale Lister, managing director of John Winter, said: “This deal is a game-changer for us, as it will see us significantly increase our capacity and product range.

“This will allow us to manufacture more specialist materials and continue to meet the changing demands of the industry.

“There are more opportunities available to us now than ever before, so I’m looking forward to what lies ahead.”

John Winter currently exports to foundries in over 40 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Northern and Central America.

Mike Leaney, managing director of CAT International, added: “We’ve built a strong relationship with John Winter over many years and they have firmly established their place within the global foundry industry, so it makes sense that we make this next move together, as we continue to emerge into new markets.”