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The company was founded in 1980 by John Poole as Poole Engineering Products (Pty) Ltd, with two principle agencies. These agencies are still held today and are Anderson Power Products® (USA) and Elfab bursting discs and explosion panels (UK).

In 1986 the company acquired the Starrett Tools and Blading agency and the name was changed to Alexander and Poole to recognise a partnership with Fraser Alexander, previously Managing Director of Starrett South Africa. In 1997 Alexander left the company and in 2000 the Starrett agency and all related staff and assets were transferred to another group company, First Cut (Pty) Ltd.