Singleton Birch bought by US lime company ‘to power next phase of growth’

Paul Hogan (left) of Mississippi Lime with Richard Stansfield of Singleton Birch at the Singleton Birch Melton Ross Quarry. The American company has taken over the British lime product company.

Singleton Birch, which supplies hydraulic limes and pre-mixes used in association with natural stone (among other lime products), has been acquired by Mississippi Lime Company (MLC), an independent American supplier of lime products.

The acquisition, which the companies say will power the next phase of growth for Singleton Birch, is part of MLC’s strategy to drive growth, innovation, and sustainability through geographic expansion and new products and technologies.

Mississippi Lime Company is part of HBM Holdings, headquartered in St Louis, Missouri. It is an international supplier of high-calcium lime products and technical solutions. The family-owned business has a history stretching back more than a century.

Paul Hogan (left of photo), president and chief executive officer of MLC, said on 8 September when the acquisition was announced: “For more than 115 years Mississippi Lime has been focused on meeting the evolving needs and priorities of our customers. That focus has served our customers, our employees, and our business very well.

“Our approach is to grow by finding businesses that represent a good cultural fit for us and can complement what we already provide to customers. Singleton Birch are a great fit and we are delighted to welcome them to the Mississippi Lime family today.

Singleton Birch is based in Melton Ross, north Lincolnshire, where it employs more than 150 people. It will continue to trade under its existing branding and the management team, led by chief executive officer Richard Stansfield, will remain in place.

Paul Hogan: “Singleton Birch have done tremendous work and we are grateful that Richard and the leadership team will remain in their roles leading that business. This acquisition is about growth, and we do not anticipate reducing the number of jobs at Singleton Birch as a result of this transaction.”

Richard Stansfield says: “Being part of the Mississippi Lime family will enable us to invest more and power the growth of Singleton Birch. We’re delighted to have a partner for the next stage in our development that shares our culture and values.”

The largest shareholder in Singleton Birch was previously the Katherine Martin Charitable Trust. The sale of shares in Singleton Birch will benefit the three charities the trust supports: the NSPCC, RSPCA, and Barnardo’s.