A decade of diversification and acquisitions
This was a decade of diversification as Gallagher looked to expand into complementary fields. In 1994, two years after Gallagher Engineering was sold, the company added gate and hardware manufacturer Franklin Farm Machinery. In 1999 PEC Fuel Pumps was acquired. As well as fuels pumps, PEC produced security technology products, including the Cardax access control systems.
The purchase of PEC gave the company access to considerable research and development resources that were used in tandem with Gallagher’s existing technology to refine its electric fencing products and develop new radio frequency electronic identification and animal performance systems.
To reflect its growing size and range of business interests, the company was renamed the Gallagher Group.
Bill Gallagher senior died in 1990 at the age of 79.