leading the way in steel fabrication
Thomas Storey is one of the largest privately owned suppliers of steel fabricated products in the UK. Customers range from multi-national OEMs to small start-ups.
all the latest manufacturing techniques
The ISO 9001:2000 accredited factory has complete pre-production design and prototyping facilities meaning that we are able to take a basic idea or drawing and turn it into a product that can be fully manufactured and productionised. We benefit from all the latest manufacturing techniques and equipment including CAD CAM systems, laser profiling, forming, CNC machining and both manual and robotic welding. Our extensive finishing facilities include shotblasting, phosphate pre-treatment, wet painting and powder coating.
Our highly skilled and experienced team have the capability to design, manufacture and finish product as well as adding value to fabrications by assembling, fitting out and packaging. Goods can be delivered JIT using our fleet of HGVs. Our specialism is large batch, volume production, however we have the capability and experience to prototype, produce one-offs and design for manufacture.view our case studies
We take our work seriously!
Thomas Storey is your perfect partner to get the results you desire.
The company, in one guise or another, has been in existence for over 85 years and with our investors in people status, we look after our people so they can look after you.
What we do?
The wide-ranging knowledge and experience within Thomas Storey allows for a vast range of projects, products and sectors to be catered for. Our attention to detail is second to none and we make sure we work with you to fully meet your requirements and are 100% happy on completion.
Our facilities include profiling, press braking, fabrication, finishing & assembly, technical & quality and design for manufacture. Find out more.
How we do it?
The Directors and Management of Thos. Storey Fabrications Ltd are committed to being the trusted partner of our customers, who shall return time and again for a cost effective quality product.
Our quality policy is to achieve this by operating a quality system that conforms to ISO 9001:2008, as a minimum.We also have a firm commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and being as environmentally friendly as possible. Find out more.
The first 65 years (1930 – 1995)
Established in Stockport in the 1930’s, Storeys first became famous as original manufacturers of the unit construction “Bailey Bridge” system, a product first used by Allied forces during the second world war and praised by both British and American Generals as playing a key role in the successful invasion of Europe.
Synonymous with engineering excellence
Throughout the next 50 years the system and its heavy-duty successors were sold by Storeys to over 100 countries around the world including the USA and Canada. They were used in a variety of applications from oil exploration to natural disasters and the company’s name became synonymous with engineering excellence.
One of Europe’s leading manufacturers
Privately owned by its founder until 1960, it then became part of the well known Acrow Group; the company then became one of the UK’s first MBO’s in 1984. A 12 year period under the stewardship of UK venture capitalists (during which time the company became one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of steel freight containers), was ended in late 1996 when the business was acquired by the present owners and once again became privately owned.
increased its turnover by 50%
Late in 1996 with the bridging business sold to a competitor Fred Ellis and John Huggins – 2 of the bridging company directors - bought the sub-contract division and in just 12 months had increased its turnover by 50% and the company was on its way to becoming the number one steel fabrication supplier to the UK’s earthmoving and construction equipment manufacturers.
acquisition of Lloyds UK
The 1999 acquisition of Lloyds UK, a specialist sheet metal fabricator in Rugby, helped firmly establish Storeys in another high profile manufacturing sector and also brought in several new customers. The company was now twice its 1996 size.
Addition of Walton Fabrications
2000 saw the addition of Walton Fabrications – an old Midlands engineering company which was under threat of closure - and a further doubling in size making the Group one of the largest privately owned component manufacturers in the UK.
8 years of unbroken growth
Aggressive capital expenditure programmes during the next four years brought in laser profiling centres at both Stockport and Rugby plants as well as larger CNC press brakes, robot welders and state of the art painting and powder coating facilities.
By the end of 2004 Thos Storey Group had enjoyed 8 years of unbroken growth.
Investors in People
Gained IiP status in 2004
Walton Fabrications factory closed
In 2005, following the loss of a major contract, the decision was taken to close the Walton Fabrications factory in Wolverhampton and move the remaining work to Stockport.
Action for Young People Status
Gained A4YP status in 2005
More than trebled its output
During the period 1997 to 2005 the Stockport factory had more than trebled its output to almost £15million; this had been achieved despite the fact that the factory was over 120 years old and only 59,000sqft. It became obvious that a new factory was required.
new premises acquired
A redundant steel-making plant in Openshaw was identified as having the potential to be renovated. This meant that not only could a large, bespoke, modern facility be created, but as it was only 3-miles from the Stockport factory, all of the current workforce could be transferred.
fit-out of new factory
By January 2006 the shell of the renovated factory was complete and the fabrication hall was handed over to TSF for the lengthy fit-out of new cranes and state-of-the-art finishing facilities, along with the distribution of power and other utilities that are essential for production on this scale.
machinery and people moved
The machinery from Stockport was moved into the new facility throughout May/June 2006, and production had to begin again immediately to ensure there was no loss of output to Customers.
By 30 June 2006 every single employee in the Stockport factory – 197 people – had completed the move to the new premises. These numbers were quite an increase from the 85 people who worked in the original factory in December 1996.
sales rise to £27.4million
Following the relocation, and the enhanced reputation of its new facilities, contracts were won in the unrelated public service vehicle and waste management vehicle sectors. By the end of 2007 sales had risen substantially to £27.4million and numbers employed approached 300.
investment in staff
To achieve these growth figures the business needed a constant supply of skilled workers and to ensure this TSF became engaged in training through Craft Apprenticeships and initiatives through several training agencies. One such initiative was the Thos Storey Welding Academy. The objective of this was to supplement traditional welding apprenticeships with a short course aimed at those who wanted to retrain or change career. This proved to be highly successful and provided training to some 25 people, of which more than half became full-time permanent members of Thos Storey staff.
business of the year
This sales growth coupled with the investment in people was recognised by being named ‘Business of the Year’ by Manchester Evening News.
Gained Carbon Action status in 2008
2008 started well and by June 2008 the Company was 5% over another very ambitious growth budget.
The second half of 2008 saw the credit crunch and the beginning of what became a global economic recession. The company’s main construction customers began aggressively de-stocking throughout their factories and their entire distribution chains in order to conserve their cash. The Company was forced to respond by reducing its workforce in line with these events and a severe downsizing exercise was effected across all members of staff and many overhead spend areas.
Increased demand in 2009
However, the full cross-section of skills were retained within the remaining workforce, and with the Company’s proven ability to train and develop people quickly it remained well positioned to respond to the increased demand which began to show signs of returning during the last quarter of 2009.
In 2010 the Company took a strategic decision to retain and build upon its current customer/market base whilst at the same time look to break in to new markets.
This strategy has begun to be successfully implemented via the breakthrough into three new markets; Defence, Agriculture and Temporary Buildings.
A number of products are in production for the agricultural sector, however the most prestigious is the award winning Spread-A-Bale straw spreading machine. In 2013 the Company obtained the rights to both manufacture and distribute these machines. This represents a new direction for the Company – from selling to OEMs to actually selling to the end user.
A number of prototypes have been developed for the defence industry with the purpose of looking at low-cost options for the military that need to be cheaper than current offerings but retain the ballistic and weight capabilities that are absolutely vital.
2015 brought a series of challenges to the Company that brought the owners to the very sad and difficult decision to place it in administration.
A NEW START
On 23 December 2015 a new company, Thomas Storey Fabrications Group Ltd was formed ensuring that all of the jobs from the Old Co were retained and that all customers continued to receive a full service
It was with great pride that the newly formed company retained all of the customers from the old co. From this fantastic base work was subsequently grown from both current customers and new.
INVESTMENT, INFRASTRUCTURE & THE FUTURE
The focus of the newly formed Thomas Storey is to be the first choice for customers, and to do this the Company has to be easy to deal with and offer real solutions. As a result there has been wholesale restructuring of the organisation to ensure that everything we do has a benefit to the customer. A stable, committed workforce is vital to achieving this goal and changes to recruitment, management and shifts mean that we have negligible staff turnover or absence. A great result.