Hughes Electrical is set to become a leading player in the UK’s commercial laundry market after completing its biggest ever acquisition.
It has acquired Newbury based Armstrong Commercial Laundry Systems for an undisclosed sum. The company also operates in Scotland, has an annual turnover of £6.5m and 45 employees.
Armstrong is a UK distributor for American company Alliance Laundry Systems – the largest worldwide producer of commercial laundry equipment. Armstrong has a significant ‘route operation’ with coin operated laundry machines in well over 100 locations, while its industrial arm supplies commercial laundries and there is also a thriving spare parts business.
Hughes own commercial arm, launched in 2012, serves the care, hospitality, tourism and educational sectors by supplying, installing, servicing and repairing a range of highly specialist washing machines and dryers from the Miele Professional range. It has branches in Norwich, Leicester and Rochester with 26 members of staff.
Following the merger Armstrong will not only remain in Newbury and Glasgow but also increase in size. It will continue responsibility for distribution to dealers and route operations while absorbing Hughes’ commercial arm and staff members. Part of the business will be rebranded as Hughes Pro and look after the repair, servicing and product supply to customers.