Carryduff Building Supplies opened its doors in 1984 under its former name Farm Feeds and Supplies. The owner, John Gilliland, a farmer at the time, started to sell agricultural supplies to local farmers which then gradually expanded to include building materials and supplies. As agricultural supplies started taking more of a back seat, in 1997 the name of the company was changed to Carryduff Building Supplies to reflect the true nature of what the business had become.
As a company which is always moving forward, in 1997 a ready mix concrete plant was installed to allow an even greater service to customers for their building needs. At this time, concrete precast manufacture started in a small way with just a few individual hand filled moulds. However, with the construction industry booming in the early 2000s there was yet again more expansion when the company installed an automated pre-cast unit, which allowed mass production of concrete products. With the success of the pre-cast production facility, it made sense to start manufacturing concrete blocks and bricks so in 2006 a Finlay block making and strapping machine were installed.
In 2012, right in the middle of the recession, the company took the bold step of installing a new pre-cast production facility, housed in a new purpose built 900m2 further diversify the range of products on offer.
The company is still thriving despite the downturn in the construction industry over the past few years which is highly attributed to the fact it is a proper “family business” as John and Shirley Gilliland are assisted in the running of the company by two of their sons, Andrew & Richard. With a current team of around 20 staff and 9 lorries, the premises now covers a 6.5 acre site and sells the majority of products required for the construction, landscaping and DIY markets.
The company ethos is “small enough to care, big enough to cope”, which we believe has helped us maintain our place as one of the most reliable and proficient builder’s merchants that currently operates in the greater Belfast area.