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The Wolseley story is about a whole lot more than distribution. The logistics market leader of today emerged from manufacturing roots.

The company began in 1887 in Sydney, Australia when Frederick York Wolseley founded the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Machine Company Limited. Nine years later the first Wolseley motor car rolled off the production line in Birmingham, England. The company grew rapidly and moved into heating, industrial pipes and distribution, paving the foundations for the Wolseley of the 21st century.

Today, following generations of successful adaptation to changing business conditions, Wolseley is a global brand and the world's largest trade distributor of plumbing and heating products and a leading supplier of building materials.

2016

John Martin

John Martin appointed to the Board as Group Chief Executive.

2016

Dave Keltner

Dave Keltner appointed as Interim Group Chief Financial Officer.

2013

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Disposal of 88 Reseau Pro building materials branches in France.

2013

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Acquisition of Power Equipment Direct a Chicago based online distributor of outdoor power equipment.

2013

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Special dividend of £298 million paid to shareholders in December 2013.

2013

Andrew Duff

Andrew Duff steps down from the Board as a Non Executive Director and Remuneration Committee Chairman.

2012

Alan Murray
Alan Murray appointed as Non Executive Director and Senior Independent Director.

2012

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Acquisition of Davis and Warshow Inc. a New York based plumbing and heating business.

2012

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Acquisition of Burdens utilities business in the UK.

2012

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Completion of disposal of Brossette, a plumbing and heating business in France.

2012

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Disposal of Bathstore, bathroom retail business in UK.

2012

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Return of capital of £350 million through a special dividend paid in December 2012.

2012

Pilar Lopez
Pilar Lopez appointed s a Non Executive Director.

2011

Gareth Davis, Chairman

Gareth Davis appointed as Chairman of the Board, having served on the Board since 1 July 2003.

2010

John Martin, Chief Financial Officer

John Martin appointed to the Board as Chief Financial Officer.

2010

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In November 2010 we completed the incorporation of Wolseley plc in Jersey; a new holding company for the Group, tax resident in Switzerland.