South West architectural ironmongery businesses to merge

Two of the South West’s leading architectural ironmongery businesses are joining forces to seek further growth throughout the UK.

By coming together, DAI (Dorset Architectural Ironmongers) of Dorchester and Spiller of Yeovil plan to gain an even stronger presence in the South West region and will be looking to expand throughout the country and online.

Spiller has a long history dating back 200 years, and is a major supplier of door handles, locks, window fittings and other ironmongery. Spiller also provides locksmithing services and is a member of the Master Locksmiths Association. DAI was established in 1993 and provides similar services to Spiller, while also specialising in electromagnetic door closers and access control equipment. Through its online trading arm Door Controls Direct, DAi’s online sales have grown significantly over the past two years.

Now the two companies are seeking to combine their industry expertise. From today, Spiller managers Gary Hewitt and MichaelTrowbridge will join DAI executives Sean Morrin and Guy Brewer on the board of DAI, along with local business entrepreneurs Danny Lillington and Trevor Smith. Simon Meyers, currently an executive director of DAI, will become a non-executive director.

DAI director Hugh Meyers is stepping down from the DAI board, while Spiller executive directors Wilson Marshall and Chris Pearse are both retiring.

DAI’s Sean Morrin commented: “I know that everyone at DAI and Spiller would like me to thank Hugh, Wilson and Chris for their incredible contribution to both companies over the years. We all know Wilson and Chris are looking forward to spending less time at work to enjoy the fruits of their success and we wish them well.”

Sean added: “The merging of DAI and Spiller is a fantastic opportunity for two South West businesses to combine forces and grow.”

Gary Hewitt said: “This is an exciting development. Each party brings different strengths and we believe now is the perfect time for us to come together to provide an even better experience for our customers, whether directly in our showrooms in Yeovil and Dorchester, out in the field, or online.”

Although both companies have now merged as DAI, each separate brand will continue to trade as normal over the coming months, without interruption to service. Further announcements will be made in due course as Spiller and DAI combine their operations.

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