THE head of one of the best known family businesses in north Antrim has retired.
Mr Raymond Wallace who founded the vehicle parts store, Paints and Components Ltd in Ballymoney, more than four decades ago, said an official goodbye at a dinner in the Millside Restaurant, Cloughmills.
To mark the occasion, Mr Wallace invited members of his own family as well as his work colleagues some of whom have been with the firm for more than thirty years.
It was both a sad and happy occasion for Mr Wallace. He has devoted a lifetime building up a highly respected commercial enterprise but is confident its future is in safe hands with the involvement of his two sons, Gareth and Rodney, his younger brother, Elmer and his son, Graeme.
Mr Wallace paid tribute to his wife Gladys for her support as well as his employees for their loyalty down the years.
Mr Wallace’s future will focus largely on his Christian work. He has been President of Leaney Mission Hall for some 12 years and is also engaged in Faith Mission work.
Paints and Components began business on February 1, 1976 in Edward Street, Ballymoney, before moving to their present location at Seymour Street.
Today, eighteen people are employed many of whom have years of experience and who have also undergone training to meet the ever growing demands of the business.
Custom comes from all over and efficiency, civility and quality of goods are amongst the firm’s many hallmarks.