1975: Buys stake in Charrington Gardner Locket fuels. Buys Carisbrook Textiles in US. Sells stake in Gable Industries. Buys stake in Hygrade Food Products in US.
1976: James Hanson knighted by Sir Harold Wilson. Company sells stake
in Charrington Gardner Locket. Wins tender for rest of US group
1977: Wins agreed bid for Hamlyn milling. Loses bid for Whitecroft
textiles and building when shares outrace bid. Sells Bucilla
Needlework from Carisbrook in US. Drops plan to bid for
Lindustries when board opposes it. Wins bid for US food service
group Interstate United Corporation.
1979: Gordon White knighted. Hanson Industries wins £25 million bid
for Lindustries textiles and engineering. Drops bid for Barber
Oil in US when refused time to investigate company.
1981: Loses bid for Central Manufacturing and Trading of US. Sells
cement units of McDonough. Wins bid for US McDonough Company,
including Ames tools and Endicott Johnson footwear. Loses bid
for builder GH Downing to rival. Bids £73 million for Berec
(Ever Ready); rival bid from Thomas Tilling.
1982: Wins Berec bid at £95 million. Sells Ever Ready's overseas
arms. Wins bid for United Gas Industries.
1983: Sir James Hanson awarded life peerage by Margaret Thatcher.
Company bids for and wins UDS retailing group for £230 million.
Sells Orbit HiFi, William Timpson, Richard Shops and John Collier
from UDS. Bids £170 million for London Brick.
1984: Wins London Brick for £247 million. Sells John Farmer from UDS.
Bids for US Industries against a management bid. Sells Seacoast
Products of US. Wins US Industries for $511 million. Sells
Polytech division of US Industries.
1985: Loses bid for Powell Duffryn fuels and engineering. Sells
Interstate United Corporation in US. Bids for US conglomerate
SCM Corporation. Bids for Imperial Group as United Biscuits plans
merger with it.
1986: Wins battle for SCM Corporation, paying $930 million. Sells
Alabama arm of Allied Paper and Sylvachem Corporation from SCM.
Buys short-term stake in Westland and backs US-Italian bid for
the company. Political furore breaks out. Sells Shepard Clothing
and Brookwood Furniture from US Industries. Wins Imperial Group
for £2.6 billion. Sells Robert Fletcher papermaking and Anchor,
Imperial, Happy Eater and Circle K chains from Imperial Group.