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Whitehouse Industries Limited acquires Ernest Engineering Limited

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14 April 2022

Coventry-based Whitehouse Industries Limited has acquired Ernest Engineering Limited, which is also based in the city.

Ernest Engineering incorporates Bailey & Wade Limited, a manufacturer of precision turned parts, and Anchor Inserts Limited, a manufacturer of inserts for the rotational moulding industry.

Whitehouse Industries Limited was established by entrepreneur Stuart Whitehouse to purchase engineering businesses.

Founded in 1975, Bailey & Wade has a long history of supplying high quality precision turned parts with an excellent reputation for quality, service and delivery to a wide range of industries.

Anchor Inserts was formed in 2005 to focus on the manufacture and supply of brass and stainless inserts for the rotomoulding industries. All parts are manufactured in the UK.

“I am delighted with the acquisition of Ernest Engineering, Bailey & Wade and Anchor inserts, who have undergone significant development over the last 10 years through the leadership of Austin Wade” said Stuart.

“With ongoing investment in sliding head CNC machines and property extensions combined with fantastic customer service the Group has gone from strength to strength and I very much look forward to maintaining this trajectory by continuing to offer our customers UK made products of the highest quality.”

Austin Wade the owner of Ernest commented: “What we really like about joining Whitehouse Industries is that the business will still be run as a family company sharing many of the same cultural values of effective product design, quality, unabashed customer-focus, industry expertise, with a penchant for strong innovation.”

“These qualities will ensure that Bailey & Wade, Anchor Inserts and Whitehouse Industries will be a great success moving forward.”

Whitehouse Industries also own Nutters Fastenings, a fastener distributor based in Birmingham, and has plans for further acquisitions in the engineering sector.


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Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

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Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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