The history of Farmac Timber & Building Supplies

On 20th November 1972, Kenneth Farrally and his business partner Reg McKay opened the doors of Farmac Building Supplies, in a little yard on Smalewell Road, Pudsey. They had both worked together at C.P.Murray, a builders merchants based on Sovereign Street in Leeds. Ken ran the yard and Reg worked as a rep, but they decided to have a go for themselves. The company name is derived from their surnames, FARally & MACkay.

In April 1976 the business needing larger premises moved to our current site on Roker Lane. The building was used as a fire station during the war and as a warehouse for Permenite roof felt before Ken and Reg bought the old Primitive Methodist Chapel, originally opened in 1876.

In January 1978 Farmac invested in their first brand new delivery truck and in July the same year, Ken';s son Paul joined the company. March 1979 saw Farmac become a limited company.

On 25th January 1986 the building and contents went up in flames almost ending the Farmac storey but Ken and Paul persevered and managed to get the necessary repairs done and in May of the same year they re opened the gates.

On 1st September 1998, another local family run business, Pudsey Hardware Merchants Ltd bought Farmac Building Supplies from Ken and Paul. Pudsey Hardware already owned the Ironmongers on Lidget Hill in Pudsey and the builders merchants was a natural extension for the company.

Simon Beverley left the shop in his brother James' capable hands and moved on to run the new venture, at first employing one member of staff, Mick Paine who is still with us to this day. Mick's son Russ is also still with us having started working in the ironmongers back in 1998.

In the last 12 years we have grown Farmac into the reputable, reliable, knowledgeable and well stocked merchant that it is today. We pride ourselves on having everything under one roof and being able to deliver it fast, and at the right price.

Farmac has had an interesting 40 years and here's to 40 more!