Brown Brothers Distribution, who has a distribution unit here at Beechwood on Chineham Park, is celebrating an impressive 100-year milestone with their longest trading customer, A. Pile & Son Ltd.
A. Pile & Son Ltd, is a Dartford-based business and was founded in 1918 by Arthur Albert Pile, originally as a bicycle dealer and repairer. To be able to open an account with Brown Brothers back in 1918, Arthur Pile had to build a wheel to prove his skill and ability, which he didsuccessfully,and the company has traded with Brown Brothers ever since!
Although starting as a bicycle dealer and repairer, over the years A. Pile has expanded into various sectors such as motorcycles, cars, coach-building and haulage – with Brown Brothers supporting them every step of the way.
A key value for Arthur Pile was to look after his staff and deliver the best customer service and experience; a value shared with PPG’s Brown Brothers. This mutual people-focused vision remains strong to this day and aligns both organizations all these years later.
Andrew Terrace, Managing Director of A. Pile & Son joined the business in 1982 and comments; “We are immensely proud of our heritage, there aren’t many independent bodyshop businesses in the UK who can say they’ve been trading for 100 years and to have been working with the same supplier all this time is a truly special partnership. The Brown Brothers team have literally supported us from day one, here’s to the next 100 years!”
David Heal, Market Director for PPG Refinish UK and Ireland says; “It is very special to reach a milestone such as this with a customer. Together, we have watched each other’s business develop and grow. In today’s tough and competitive marketplace, celebrating such a landmark trading anniversary is truly exceptional and I hope our strong partnership continues for many more years to come”.