The T H WHITE Groundcare Division
Creation of T H WHITE’s Groundcare Division was rooted in the company’s long-standing relationship with Ransomes of Ipswich, who began making the Budding cylinder mower in 1832 – the same year in which T H WHITE was established in Devizes. By the late 1980s the level of business in mowing and groundscare equipment was such that it justified setting up the Groundcare Division with just five members of staff – three of whom are still with the company!
Today, T H WHITE’s Groundcare Division is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of grass and grounds care equipment, operating from four locations – Reading, Redditch, Tetbury and Timsbury (Hants).
Effective grounds care maintenance places high demands on all our customers and our objective is to help to support their businesses, whether they are a local authority, a golf club, a private estate or a grass or grounds care contractor. Effective grounds care maintenance places high demands on all our customers and our objective is to be seen as an integral part of their businesses, whether they are a local authority, a golf club, a private estate or a grass or grounds care contractor.
The T H WHITE Group
The T H WHITE Groundcare Division is part of the T H WHITE Group which has a wide variety of interests. T H WHITE has been in business since 1832 and has developed a strong reputation for outstanding customer service in many business sectors. T H WHITE is a name you can trust!
When you use T H WHITE you can be confident that the job will be carried out efficiently to high standards
and you will always be able to enjoy reliable after sales support.
Thomas White's son added manufacturing (wagon wheels, rims and axles, farming and estate ironmongery) to the company's activities, and by the time that horses and horse-driven machinery began to replace manual labour at harvest and haymaking,
T H WHITE was well placed to supply changing agricultural needs and practices.
Outbreak of the First World War coincided with introduction of the first oil-driven tractors which would have a tremendous impact on the nation's ability to produce home-grown food with a greatly reduced agricultural workforce. Fortunately Henry Ford sent all his early production of Model F tractors to Britain and many of these passed through Whites' hands. After the Great War T H WHITE was appointed as a dealer for Fordson tractors and Massey Harris machinery, as well as becoming distributors for the International Harvest company.
During the 1930s farming was in the doldrums, but with the outbreak of war once again in 1939 the fight for food was truly on, and the T H WHITE team was fully stretched keeping machines on local farms in running order. In the USA new and better machines, including the first combine harvesters were being designed and built, many of which came to Britain.
In the post war years T H WHITE expanded its agricultural machinery business significantly. As the company grew, training schemes and aprenticeships were set up, as well as courses for farm operators to help them get the most out of the latest equipment.
By 1972 the company had added several new business locations to bring service closer to farmers, and had completely outgrown the original Sidmouth Street premises in Devizes, resulting in a move to new, purpose-built Devizes headquarters in 1973.
Today, T H WHITE has diversified its business into new areas, including construction equipment, lorry cranes, fire and security systems, sustainable energy, grasscare machinery and farm installations. It also operates Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Abarth and Fiat Professional motor dealerships and has a turnover of more than £100 million.