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Who was Frederick Paul Herting?


Frederick Paul Herting, who, during the Second World War had been employed as a horizontal miller for the Napier Aero Engine Factory in Acton, London, originally established an Engineering Tool Merchants during the post war period. As time passed, the business moved more and more into supplying the construction industry, having identified a need for a much more immediate and convenient source of supply. At that time builders tended to trade from their yard stock, distributing goods to site themselves.

John Paul Herting joined his father in the business in 1957 and, together, Hertings pioneered the daily site delivery service, now emulated across the industry.

Frederick passed away in 1969, with John taking control of the business. The running of the Company now extends to a third generation of the Herting family; John’s son, Paul, who joined in 1986 and his brother, Neil, who came on board in 1993. John’s wife, Janet, acts as the Company Secretary.

The team also consists of:

Mark Washington (CEO) who joined in 1999, with some 20 years experience of the industry.

Roy Hulbert (National Sales Manager), who joined in 1972, bringing over 30 years of service and experience to the company.

Area Sales Managers, with their local knowledge and experience, providing on the spot contact for our customers.

A household name


The company now employs over one hundred people, and supplies goods on a next day delivery, throughout England, Wales and Scotland via our own fleet of over fifty vehicles. We supply every household name in the building industry and many of their smallest sub-contract carpenters and bricklayers – a far cry from the days of the Tool Shop in Wembley!