Our History

The Group was founded in the UK in 1890, when Mr W. H. Heywood established a factory to make window fittings for customers in the north of England.

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Today, Arran Isle is an international building products group that is focused on the design, sourcing, marketing and distribution of branded building products. We employ close to 1,000 employees across 16 locations in North America, 10 European facilities and 2 operations in China.

Our US building products business, LaSalle Bristol was formed by the Group in the mid-1990’s by acquiring and bringing together two long established businesses, which served the manufactured housing and recreation vehicle markets across North America. Today, LaSalle Bristol has expanded into serving customers in the commercial, after-market and marine industries across the US.

Also in the 1990’s, the Group established a major position in the European Fenestration market with the acquisition of Window Ware in Bedford, England and the pan-European Mila group of door and window hardware companies. Based on the success of these acquisitions, the Group subsequently acquired the market leading door and window hardware distributor in the Baltics and integrated it into Mila.

Carlisle Brass, the UK market leader in architectural hardware, was acquired in 2006 and now has operations in the UK, Ireland, UAE and China. In 2007, Balmar/Locks & Hardware was acquired in Ireland to give the Group a leading position in the Irish architectural hardware market.

The Group is privately owned by the board members, senior executives and employees.