Tributes paid to award winning founder of FG Wilson
Respected businessman Fred Wilson has died at the age of 83. Mr Wilson, who was born in Moira in 1926, passed away on Monday. He was the founder of Larne-based generator set manufacturer FG Wilson.
He formed the company in east Belfast in 1966 with a workforce of only six. By the mid 1990s the small local engineering firm had grown into a global supplier of electric power with more than 1,500 staff.
FG Wilson’s founder was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June last year for his contribution to entrepreneurship and engineering. At that time he was manufacturing a range of golf buggy products.
FG Wilson’s current managing director Mark Sweeney led the tributes to the company’s founder and former owner.
He said: “We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Fred Wilson, the founder of FG Wilson, who was an inspirational, highly entrepreneurial and well-respected businessman. His vision and enterprise have left a strong legacy at this company.
“On behalf of the management and staff of FG Wilson, I extend my deepest condolences to Fred’s family.”
Mr Wilson sold his company in 1995 to Emerson Electric, which formed a joint venture with the firm that now owns FG Wilson — US giant Caterpillar.