Reece Limited is a publicly-listed Australian company, and the country's largest supplier of plumbing and bathroom supplies.[1]

Reece Group
Company typePublic
Number of locations
Area served
New Zealand
United States
ProductsPlumbing and bathroom supplies
Revenue$6.3 billion (2021)
Number of employees

Established in 1920, the company has businesses focused on the plumbing, bathroom, building, civil, irrigation, heating, air conditioning and refrigeration industries.

Reece employs approximately 8,000 people and operates 800 branches that supply more than 300,000 products.[2]

The company is 70% owned by the Wilson Family.[3]

History edit

First Reece store in Caufield, Jan. 1920.

In 1920 Harold Joseph Reece began selling plumbing products from the back of his truck and later opened the first HJ Reece store in Caulfield.[citation needed] In 1958 Les Wilson was offered a seat on the board and gradually began buying shares in the business.[citation needed]

By 1969 the Wilson family was approaching a controlling stake in HJ Reece. On 20 July, regulators approved the Wilson family becoming majority shareholders of the company. In 1970 Les Wilson's son, Alan Wilson, who started Austral Hardware almost a decade earlier with the support of his father, became CEO of HJ Reece and later consolidated the two companies. Alan Wilson became executive chairman in 2008, and his son, Peter Wilson, succeeded him as CEO.[4]

In May 2018 Reece announced the acquisition of U.S. based competitor MORSCO for $1.9bn.[5]

References edit

  1. ^ "Home".
  2. ^ "About Us".
  3. ^ "The World's Billionaires: John, Leslie Alan & Bruce Wilson". Forbes. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Our History | The Reece Group". Archived from the original on 2018-09-03.
  5. ^ "Reece Group in $1.9b purchase of US firm MORSCO Inc". Australian Financial Review. 2018-05-06. Retrieved 2022-05-07.