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JLA Group steps up commercial heating operations with William Whitfield buy

Laundry-to-heating group makes first heating acquisition, with ‘more to come’

Laundry-to-heating group JLA has taken the next step on its expansion of commercial heating operations with the purchase of Glasgow contractor William Whitfield for an undisclosed sum.

William Whitfield, which specialises in commercial heating across Scotland and North England, employ over 40 people, including 25 field based engineers and apprentices. The business, established in 1993 from a head office in Bellshill, Glasgow, offers services from installation and maintenance to rapid response and emergency repairs on commercial heating systems.

JLA describes itself as a critical service solutions provider, working across the commercial laundry, catering, heating and fire safety industries. The Group has thousands of customers across a diverse set of sectors including care homes, healthcare, hotels, social housing and schools and offers commercial heating equipment via its all-inclusive package called Total Care.

The firm says Total Care ’offers customers high quality, energy-efficient commercial heating equipment alongside breakdown cover’ for a monthly payment with no up-front cost including what it claims is a unique guarantee to never leave the customer without heating or hot water.

Graham Latta, JLA business development director, said: “The acquisition of William Whitfield enables us to build on our existing knowledge of the heating sector and bring on more customers. It is the first heating acquisition for JLA, with more to come to facilitate rapid growth in the division. ”

William Whitfield will continue to be led by its existing management team. David Clark, the contractor’s managing director, said: “We were a service partner to JLA, and we are now really excited by the opportunity that working more closely with JLA Group will offer.”

See our JLA profile on p36-37 of H&V News March here

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