R A & C E Platt Limited is born when then pig farmers, Robert and Christine Platt start hand-bagging and selling shavings in hessian sacks to poultry farmers.
Platts decide to move to a larger location to facilitate the growth in the business - a 1-acre site on Wrexham Industrial Estate. Sawdust and shavings are now packaged in plastic sacks.
Platts purchase a 4-acre site on Llay industrial Estate, Wrexham, and started new factory build.
Completion of purpose-built factory with a fully automated turnkey system, automatic bagging and filling line and new palletisation. They’re also now able to plastic wrap the pallets, giving customers the option of an outside storage solution.
First Sales team staff were added and work in a portacabin on site. Walking-floor trailers were introduced to transport bulk sawdust. The fleet is now made up of about 80 trailers – to transport raw materials and finished goods.
Antibacta is developed, following research with Kings College London.
Platts own weighbridge is installed on site!
The factory is extended to house an additional bagging line and new weatherproof pallet hooding technology; this replaces the pallet wrapper after customer feedback.
Platts purchase the iconic Landrover – which will later be wrapped!
New Site Office and welfare facilities are built for production staff. Platts acquire an additional 2 sites on the industrial Estate.
Platts Commercial Services was born to maintain our own fleet- and approved by DVSA as an Authorised Testing Facility for Heavy Goods Vehicles.
Platts office staff move into Parkleigh offices – named after the Platts’ farm.
New bespoke bulk loading system is installed. Platts’ operating licence is increased for further growth.
The business joins the Chamber of Commerce and explore further export markets and opportunities in Ireland
Platts is awarded the Royal Warrant, leading to the company taking the green pledge to continue to grow sustainably and work to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
Platts wins Chamber of Commerce award for Business Growth – and Apprentice of the Year.
After entering the FSB awards the company wins the scale up business of the year award.
Expansion of factory with a new baling system. A new shift is added at the factory creating more jobs – taking Platts to 24/7 production capacity.
As the fleet continues to grow, all trucks are now fitted with new telematics technology to encourages efficient driving.
Platts team is now 58 strong.
Chris Whittaker, 3rd Generation of the Family Business joins as Director. Covid hits - and Platts are forced to respond quickly to continue to supply dairy farmers working throughout the pandemic.
The Platts Group is established - and Platts Commercial Services. R A & C E Platt Limited is established as a parent company, with Platts Agriculture Ltd and Platts Commercial Services now operating separately.
Platts offers general haulage services during lockdown, using our existing fleet and drivers- and as a result, Platts Transport is later incorporated in 2022.
In September 2020, following a challenging few months, we celebrate as the last furloughed member of staff returns to work. No redundancies made!
A number of key Senior Management join the team, including Head of HR Nerys, to support further growth.
The move to all electric company vehicles begins!
Installation of a new hooder allows for more efficient packaging and palletising with less waste that ever before.
A new role is created, for a Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental Manager - to support Platts in our environmental management and quality systems. Alison joins the team- taking us to 62 members of staff.
Platts win Family Business of the Year and Sustainability/Environmental Award at the FSB Wales Awards - through to the UK National Finals.
Platts Agriculture are announced as National Family Business of the Year in the FSB UK finals!