Our proud history.
Airedale Group is proud to represent nearly half a century of chemical experience. Over this period we have been dedicated to a careful diversification strategy to enable increased growth into new chemistries, industries and countries.
Airedale Chemical was founded by Brian Chadwick in Heaton, West Yorkshire, established as a sole trader originally operating from his garage before moving to a small dedicated site. Airedale Chemical operated as an independent buyer and seller of powder dyes in and amongst the Yorkshire textile industry.
Following 20 years of gradual growth in the textile dye industry and further relocations Airedale Chemical, led by Richard Chadwick’s strategy, begin a shift towards chemicals identifying an opportunity to supply Hydrogen Peroxide to dye related customers.
Airedale Chemical began significant investment into the Cross Hills plant with installation of the businesses first chemical reactor enabling production of Formaldehyde resins for a new project.
Richard Chadwick as 2nd generation owner appointed Managing Director of Airedale Chemical, succeeding his father Brian. Richard outlines his 10 year plan with a clear aim of strategic growth into high volume chemicals sales.
Airedale Group is officially born with the launch of start-up company DC Cleaning Solutions (renamed to Airedale Solutions in 2015), established as a small pack chemical filling and fulfilment business initially setup to offer alternative pack sizes to existing Airedale Chemical customers. Later the business moved into private label services within the retail sector.
Airedale Group acquires Rigest Trading Limited, a successful independent food and beverage ingredient distributor and outline a growth strategy through additional product offerings and improved supply chains.
Chris Chadwick promoted from Sales Director to Managing Director of Airedale Chemical (third-generation owner) at the age of 34, succeeding his Uncle, Richard Chadwick who becomes Group Chairman.
Airedale Group makes most recent acquisition in Alutech Metal Surface Treatment Limited enabling entry into the niche and highly specialist metal treatment market. Chris Chadwick appointed Airedale Group CEO to oversee the Group’s continued focus on collective growth.