North West’s Fox Brothers buys JJ O’Grady

Blackpool-based Fox Brothers has bought North West civil engineer and highways contractor J J O’Grady to further extend its range of services.

Established in 2006, Preston-based J J O’Grady has a track record of working with local authorities, housing developers and civil engineering contractors.

Under the terms of the deal, J J O’Grady continues to trade under its own name within the Fox Group of companies.

Established in 1932, Fox employs around 80 staff and specialises in the supply and haulage of aggregates, recycled materials, muck-shift, earthworks and civil engineering projects. Last year revenues totalled £16m, slipping from £22m because of Covid.

Fox director John Flood said: “The acquisition makes perfect strategic sense for our business as  J J O’Grady adds several different services and different customers, including local authorities.

“It has an excellent reputation, and we believe it has a great deal of potential to grow.

“We will be able to offer clients a more complete solution from site preparation through to highways and street maintenance.

“Our focus is on providing a single-source solution for local authorities, housebuilders, infrastructure, construction and civils contractors.”

Founder Seamus O’Grady will stay in the business, which continues day-to-day operations from its base at Lostock Hall.

Flood added “We would like to thank our non-executive director, Owen McLaughlin, for his support through the acquisition process.”

In September 2020  Fox acquired Clive Hurt (Plant Hire) to create the largest provider of haulage and plant hire services in Lancashire, with a 180-strong fleet of wagons and over 400 items of plant and machinery.

Flood added: “We will continue to look  for other opportunities to expand our services.”

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