Agricultural engineers acquire dairy machine maker

Halifax-based Clapham Agricultural Engineering has announced the acquisition of Ripponden-headquartered dairy engineers Harry Travis in a deal which will support growth for both businesses.

The acquisition allows both companies to develop and innovate their product range and services, ensuring existing and future customers are serviced to the highest of standards.

Clapham Agricultural Engineering offers a full range of onsite and workshop-based agricultural engineering services throughout Yorkshire including servicing, repair work and emergency repairs. The company also provides sales and services from its recently awarded Deutz-Fahr tractor dealership. 

With a head office in Ripponden and a branch in Otley, Harry Travis has been established for almost 70 years and is well respected in its field. The dairy engineers supply products and services to the milk production sector on a national scale and are main agents for Fullwood milking parlour systems.

Ed Clapham, managing director of Clapham Engineering, said, “It has been an exciting few years for Clapham Engineering and the opportunity to acquire Harry Travis made perfect sense. The synergy of the businesses and the additional services we can now offer as a one-stop shop is amazing.

“Our offering, certainly in the north of England is unmatched and I, together with my team, are excited to move forward and develop the business further.”

“The farming sector, milk industry and small holders community will benefit from our expertise, rapid response and commitment to service. Whether a milking parlour requires a complete overhaul, a tractor is in need of urgent attention or you simply need a pair of new boots, our team will be delighted to help.”

Halifax-based asset advisory firm Walker Singleton provided the valuation advice over the plant and machinery, stock and vehicles.

Walker Singleton director Dan Hey said, “It was a pleasure to be involved in this project, working alongside both Ed and Mark together with legal firm Wilkinson Woodward allowing for a seamless transaction.

“We wish Ed and his team all the very best for the future and look forward to seeing the business grow.”