Grafton Group plc engages in the merchanting, retailing and mortar manufacturing markets in Britain, Ireland and Belgium. It operates through the following segments: Merchanting, Retailing, and Manufacturing. The Merchanting segment engages in the distribution of building and plumbing materials primarily to professional trades people engaged in residential repair, maintenance and improvement projects and also in residential and other new build construction. The Retailing segment operates Ireland's DIY and home improvement business from a network of 35 stores that supply mainly retail customers with a wide range of products for DIY and for the home and garden. The Manufacturing segment manages the dry mortar business in Britain and engages in residential and commercial construction projects. The company was founded by William Thomas Chadwick in 1902 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.