We’ve been around for a while. In fact, metal has been processed on our site since 1610. We’ve over 200 hundred years of knowledge and experience so when you place an order with us you can trust us to deliver.
- 1610 Bromford Mill was on site with blacksmiths making swords from local iron ore and coal from a 10 yard
- 1690 Joseph Carles purchased the site and converted it into
an Iron Forge or Flattening Mill.
- 1774 Roger Holmes bought the mill and involved Mathew Boulton to improve two iron mills on the site.
The Birmingham to Wolverhampton canal had now opened with access to the works for transport.
- 1780 Holmes converted Bromford Mill into a water powered wire mill and full production started.
- 1800 Wright & Jesson took over and expansion of the company began with the making of wrought iron.
- 1809 Jesson Dawes. Samuel Dawes formed a partnership
- 1818 S&J Dawes. Samuel formed a partnership with
his brother John.
- 1829 John Dawes & Sons. The mill now had 65 puddling furnaces, 2 forges, 7 mils and employed about 700 men and boys making 700 tons of finished iron per week.
- 1887 John Dawes & Sons went bankrupt and Benjamin Scarf and Ezra Hadley bought it to form Bromford Iron Company.
- 1902 Bromford Iron & Steel Company was registered with Scarf as managing director. The mill became the first Continuous Mill in the Midlands to have six stands in line.
- 1940 Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills bought Bromford and closed the hot rolling because of inadequate billet supply which was rationed under wartime regulations.
- 1943 Joe Ashmore bought Bromford and restarted the rolling mills when billet supply became easier.
- 1958 Charles Cooper bought Bromford which by that time
was a scrap yard and set about modernising the plant.
C I Group was formed which eventually incorporated Bromford along with Redman Fisher and many other companies. By this time Bromford was a specialist
Hot Re-Roller, Cold Roller, Acid Pickler and makers
of Wire Reinforcing Mesh.
- 1995 Ash & Lacy Group took over C I Group and substantial reinvestment was put into the Hot Mills to increase their range and include section rolling.
- 2000 Hill & Smith Group Plc took over Ash & Lacy Group.
- 2001 – 2014 Hill and smith ownership saw extensive investment
in the latest rolling mill plant and technology.
- 2014 Bromford purchased by specialist steel manufacturing group OSSL. Extensive investment has been undertaken
in control systems enhancing tolerance control and dimensional stability.
Extensive investment in new plant and technology has ensured that our product quality, flexibility and ability to produce small tonnages matches world best standards.