- February 14, 2018
- Posted by: Jane Lawler
- Category: Customer News, Gardening
Kelkay has announced it has been acquired by Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF), a US public company with approximately USD$2billion in annual revenue. Kelkay becomes part of The AMES Companies, the largest supplier of non-powered lawn and garden tools in US, Canada and Australasia.
Antony Harker and the Kelkay Board of Directors, which includes Richard Pyrah, Jonathan Wilson and non-executive, Bob Hewitt all remain in their current roles.
In addition, Antony Harker will take on the new role of Managing Director for AMES UK and will have oversight of AMES’ Ireland business. He will drive forward AMES’ expansion into UK gardening, which they have identified as a strategic growth market.
Antony Harker, AMES UK Managing Director, said “This is a very exciting time for Kelkay. It’s a major step forward for the business, the whole team and our customers. AMES has a major focus on developing their business in the UK. It is flattering that they have chosen to make Kelkay a key partner and investment opportunity to help them achieve their goals.”
AMES acquired La Hacienda in July 2017 and also operates a subsidiary in Co Cork (Ireland). They have a portfolio of other well-known brands across USA, Canada and Australia. Their ranges include hand tools, wheelbarrows, irrigation equipment, as well as patio planters and other home and garden products.
“AMES has made a long term commitment to the UK market and they share our values in terms of employees, suppliers and customers. I’m really looking forward to working with them. They are very supportive of our focus on garden centres, retailers and grocers and keen to ensure our personality as a business is protected. So, whilst there will be new development opportunities, our customers should continue to expect the same high level of service.