Synseal sells-off parts of Sheerframe

Garner Holdings, owned by Roger Hartshorn – erstwhile owner of HL Plastics and the Liniar brand – has purchased the former Sheerframe trade extrusion business from Synseal.

This sale only affects the trade extrusion, including Hometrim Cellular Foam and Sheerline fencing and decking products. The Sheerframe window systems business and the Masterdor business remain owned by the Synseal Group.

Roger Hartshorn was involved with HL Plastics since 1977, and was its owner since 1988. He announced his departure from the firm in the summer.

“In order to build on one of the pioneers of UK PVCU extrusion, and link to its rich heritage, we have renamed the new company LB Plastics,” Roger said. “LB Plastics will continue to operate from the Firs Works site at Nether Heage, next door to Garner Aluminum Extrusions, a new company formed to be a leading extruder and supplier of aluminium profiles.

“The new aluminium plant is being installed in the spring of 2019 and will be commissioned by the end of the summer.

“The PVCU trade extrusion will be highly complementary to the aluminium profiles that we will look to develop and so it was an obvious fit for my future plans. This will also give the benefit of sharing resources across the single site and offering a total supply of complementary single sourced extrusions and mouldings.”

Garner Holdings plans to expand and invest in new machinery and products in order to restore the site to its former glory. The Firs Works site at Nether Heage has been owned by Garner Holdings for over two years and also remains home to Masterdor, a Synseal Group roup company and Litchfield Investments, the privately owned property division, still owned by the Litchfield family.

“This acquisition is a ‘win win’ situation,” Roger said. “It gives security to the staff and a springboard to build on for Garner Holdings and its sister company Garner Aluminium Extrusions.”