Chief executive: Gavin Slark
Pre-tax profit: £4.7m Employment: 442 Pay bill: £13.8m
10 Falcon Road Belfast BT12 6RD Tel: 028 9038 5363 www.macblair.com
Builders’ merchants Macnaughton Blair was formed in January 1973 as the result of a merger between two of Northern Ireland’s best known firms in the field, Norman Macnaughton & Sons, and Joseph Blair Ltd, a hardware and ironmongery provider.
The merged business was located on the Boucher Road in Belfast where it still operates from today. The single site operation was acquired by Irish business Grafton Group plc in 1989, one of Grafton’s very first acquisitions in the UK. The business grew through a series of acquisitions between 1997 and 2008, increasing the builders merchant branch network in Northern Ireland to 16 branches plus one in Douglas, Isle of Man.