The 200-strong team at the Hope Cement works in Derbyshire celebrated becoming part of Breedon Groupl Plc with a visit from group chairman Peter Tom CBE and group chief executive Pat Ward. They were accompanied by Hope Cement managing director Ashley Bryan, who took them on a plant tour to meet members of staff.
Hope cement works is a key asset in the Breedon Group network which has now grown to include around 60 quarries, 27 asphalt plants, just under 200 concrete plants and a major surfacing and road contracting operation. Its combined mineral reserves and resources are in excess of 750Mt, securing the future of the business for decades to come.
Peter Tom said: "We’re delighted to complete the acquisition of Hope - it’s a great business and will add a lot of value to everything Breedon has achieved, giving us an even stronger platform for growth through a broader geographical footprint, increased scale, improved product mix, greater financial capacity and some highly talented people.
"We're especially pleased that the UK’s biggest - and we think best - cement works is now part of the Group. In addition to its world class performance and high quality products, this operation makes a huge contribution to life the Peak Park and we’re keen to see that continue to develop."
Ashley Bryan added: "As part of the Breedon 'family', the Hope Cement team is looking forward to continuing the development of the cement business, to growing the already significant contribution we make to the Peak District National Park economy, and enhancing the benefits we bring to the communities around our operation."