Sports company aiming to expand after takeover by French group

Jon Pearson is retiring as Chairman and Director of Canklow-based cubicles and locker systems manufacturer and installer Prospec
Jon Pearson is retiring as Chairman and Director of Canklow-based cubicles and locker systems manufacturer and installer Prospec
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Prospec, the Rotherham-based manufacturer and installer of cubicles, locker systems and glass walls for squash courts, is going for growth after being acquired by French group Abeo.

Canklow Meadows-based Prospec is targeting expansion in the UK, Europe and the USA, where it is already reaping the results of a partnership with Spec Rite, the St Louis-based manufacturer of lockers, partitions, cabinets and work surfaces.

Prospec employs 78 people and is a leading supplier of changing cubicles, lockers and bench seating systems to the leisure industry.

The company installed its first glass back wall for a squash court at the Abbeydale Club in the early 1970’s and has supplied more than 40,000 world wide, since then.

Prospec expanded its activities in the early 1980s to include the Marathon range of storage lockers and cubicles using compact grade laminate panels.

Thanks to the company’s engineering and installation experience, its products have become widely accepted in the UK and Marathon is considered to be the market leader in its field when it comes to local authority swimming pool and sport centre developments.

Recent projects include work on several of the London 2012 venues – for which sports and leisure equipment specialist Abeo’s UK-based Gymnova subsidiary supplied the gymnastic equipment.

The company is also working in Scotland on projects for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Prospec’s origins lie in South Yorkshire glass company Ellis Pearson and the deal with Abeo coincides with the retirement of its chairman, Jon Pearson, exactly 100 years after his grandfather founded Pearson’s.

Also retiring from the firm is sales director Ron Frisby.

Prospec’s board, comprising managing director Bob Mitchell and operations director Mark Spicer, will be joined by new sales director David Pringle and Abeo’s chief executive, Olivier Esteves.