Machine maker acquires crusher company

Group Rhodes, the Wakefield-based manufacturer of machinery serving the metalforming, composites and heavy ceramic sectors, has acquired Barnsley-based BJD Crushers Limited, a manufacturer of size reduction machinery.

BJD, formerly British Jeffrey Diamond, offers a wide variety of material processing equipment and high-capacity crushers designed to control product size.  This complements the portfolios of two Group Rhodes businesses namely Craven Fawcett and Hallamshire Engineering Services, which manufacture machinery and spare parts for the heavy clay and materials handling sectors. BJD also supports a strong aftermarket for double roll crushers and primary reduction machinery and targets export sales in sectors ranging from recycling to aggregates.

Mark Ridgway OBE DL, chief executive of Group Rhodes, said, “This is an important acquisition which forms part of a group strategy to strengthen our materials handling division to operate alongside our major metalforming and heavy ceramic operations.

“BJD is a strong strategic fit for us and the strengths of the combined operation will drive significant value for customers. It will help further develop our vision to be a major player in the UK material handling sector. We have an exciting future ahead of us.”

Group Rhodes expects that the acquisition will create at least one role imminently, that of business development manager and a further nine jobs over the next two years.

Peter Mills, managing director of BJD, will remain as a consultant to Group Rhodes for the coming months. He said, “BJD has a great reputation within the materials handling market and I’m certain that the business will continue to go from strength to strength under Group Rhodes’ ownership.”

BJD was advised legally and financially on the deal by Finn Gledhill of Halifax and SMH Jolliffe Cork of Wakefield and Group Rhodes by 3volution of Leeds and Fiori Business Support, Goole.

BJD will continue to operate from its Barnsley headquarters until the end of 2023, at which stage it is expected that its operations will transfer to Group Rhodes’ purpose-built factory at Calder Vale, Wakefield.  Group Rhodes is planning on additional recruitment and investment to both support the business and also to strengthen Hallamshire Engineering’s synergistic material handling operations.