Tomrods and All Steels Owners Buy Steel Ball Producer

Steel Business Briefing, Monday, 21 March 2011

Laurence McDougall and John Thompson, owners of UK steel companies All Steels Trading, Tomrods, Bradley Steels and Legg Brothers, have bought ball manufacturer Helipebs in conjunction with John Wraith, a former Caparo main board director.

McDougall, Thompson and Wraith will each own a third of the Gloucestershire-based company, which has been renamed The Steel Ball Company.

The Steel Ball Company manufactures forged steel balls from 25mm to 75mm in diameter for use as grinding media in mining, mining processing and cement manufacturing.  It can produce around 20,000 tonnes/year using hot rolled round bars as its raw material.  One of the company's main customers is a gold mine in Africa, Steel Business Briefing understands.

McDougall says The Steel Ball Company has good synergies with Legg Brothers, the special section re-rolling mill that is already a bulk buyer of round bar feedstock.

UK Stockist Tomrods Makes Another Acquisition

Steel Business Briefing - Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Two UK long products stockholders have joined forces to acquire another stockist based in the West Midlands area.

In the statement sent to Steel Business Briefing Yorkshire-based Tomrods Ltd. says that, together with specialist bright bar stockist and processor Boswell Steels, it has acquired Bradley Steels Ltd, a privately owned general steel stockholding business based in Ettingshall, West Midlands. No value for the deal has been disclosed.

The acquisition takes effect from 1 June 2008, with the former owner Eric Bradley providing a consultancy service to ensure the smooth handover of the business.

Bradley Steels will continue to operate as a major supplier of merchant bar and hollow sections to consumers and stockholders in the West Midlands region. Enlargement of the business is planned though additional warehousing, improved purchasing power and access to group stocks which include medium and heavy sections.

This continues a trend of selective expansion by bar and sections specialist Tomrods, which in 2006 established All Steels Trading Ltd, followed by the 2007 acquisition of Legg Brothers, a Midlands-based re-rolling mill.

Acquisition of Legg Brothers Ltd

Steel Business Briefing - 2007

Laurence McDougall and John Thompson, owners of UK steel companies All Steels Trading Ltd and Tomrods Ltd have bought Legg Brothers Ltd, which is a leading hot re-roller of special steel sections and profiles.

The Legg Brothers mill has a production capacity in the region of 10,000 tonnes per annum.  By using a combination of automated production and manual hand rolling, Legg Brothers has established a niche in the market place whereby it can produce small batches of special sizes in an extremely efficient manner.  By comparison, today’s modern, fully automated, continuous rolling mills are designed for large, high volume production runs where size changing and set up time is slow, expensive and therefore, prohibitive.

Legg Brothers humble beginnings date back to 1982 when two brothers (Mike Legg & Pat Legg) started their steel re-rolling enterprise in Sheffield with the aid of venture capitalist funding.  Since the incorporation of the Company the business has undergone several changes and moves to facilitate its expansion. Today it is located in the industrial heartlands of the UK – Ettingshall, West Midlands.

Whilst now under new ownership the business remains true to its motto “THE FAMILY BUSINESS THAT CARES”.