Carpet firm is really rolling

A CARPET firm is going from strength to strength after taking over a flooring company.

Hartlepool-based carpet manufacturer and distributor, Whitestone Weavers, has acquired Yorkshire flooring firm Thomas Witter.

The latest brand under the Whitestone umbrella will take the group’s turnover to in excess of an estimated £34m.

Thomas Witter carpets are to continue being manufactured at its Dewsbury site, in West Yorkshire, but the distribution side is moving to Whitestone’s large warehouse complex on the company’s eight-acre site in Hartlepool.

The long-standing flooring brand will continue as a Whitestone-owned subsidiary, sitting alongside The Whitestone Group’s earlier acquisitions and other flooring names, such as Hugh MacKay, Gaskell MacKay, Carpet Line Direct and View Logistics, as well as the original Whitestone Weavers’ Axminster, woven and tufted offering.

Whitestone Weavers’ managing director, Steve Byrne, said: “Times are undeniably tough for the entire industry so I am especially proud to take on a British brand with a British wool focus that supports Whitestone’s ethos entirely.

“Wool is, and always will be, our mainstay and that’s what Thomas Witter does best. We look forward to seeing how our ranges can complement each other in different markets to offer the customer an even broader selection of wool blend performance products.

“Thomas Witter has always had a particularly strong presence in residential and new housing, so we will be looking to build on the brand’s successes in these sectors.”

Established in 1991, Whitestone Weavers operated out of Middlesbrough for 16 years before moving to Hartlepool’s Parkview Road East estate in 2007.

In recent times the company has maintained its strength of position through a series of acquisitions, most notably the deal with Durham-firm Hugh MacKay in 2006.

The Whitestone Group employs 95 people at its Hartlepool headquarters. Key sales and operational staff from Thomas Witter will be invited to stay within the business.