DIY pioneer Stuart Turner has sadly died aged 79. Turner was the man who invented Plasplugs – celebrated as the first ever plastic wall plug – a product that gave its name to the company he set up in Burton upon Trent and which went on to be a key toold supplier to the fast-expanding up tile market.
Under Turner’s direction and drive, the Plasplugs range grew to encompass many more products for many different DIY tasks. Products such as the Pro-Tiler, Wire Stripper, and safety knives soon became volume selling lines in DIY retailers like B&Q, Texas, and Homebase.
Turner also established a manufacturing plant in the USA which produced products for the rapidly-expanding US DIY market in the USA, driven by retailers such as K-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, and Menards. The Plasplugs brand was sold in 2013.
Stuart Turner will be remembered as a pioneer who built one of the UK’s largest DIY businesses from nothing, and worked hard to create new products for the retail and export markets.
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