A Perry & Co invests £4 million to drive market growth

A Perry & Co invests £4 million to drive market growth

The Midlands metallurgy manufacturer has invested in a modern 100,000 sq ft warehouse, taking total operational capacity to over 140,000 sq ft.

The new site also includes a manufacturing facility and is set to be officially opened by His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent on 21 September.

The plaque unveiling ceremony will mark the recent £4 million investment by the independent, family-owned, British company.

A Perry & Co has been established in Cradley Heath, West Midlands for the past 92 years, working with customers including Buckingham Palace, Wembley Stadium, HS2, Aardman Animations, and supplying the studios that created Star Wars, Harry Potter and Doctor Who. 

More recently, the company has signed a licensing agreement with Aardmann Animations to design and create a Shaun the Sheep sculpture in conjunction with the studio. 

The investment will potentially create a further 20 plus jobs in addition to the 15 that have already been filled.

Guy Perry, group managing director, who joined the family firm in 1981, says, “We are honoured the Duke of Kent is opening our new distribution, warehouse and manufacturing facilities, marking 92 years of continued growth and expansion for our company.

“While other companies within the industry are retracting or standing still, Perry is continuing to offer full-time employment and apprenticeships to local people. We are consolidating our leadership position in our traditional markets while diversifying into new sectors with exciting developments and innovations.

In 2015, the independent manufacturer and supplier of hinges, hardware, ironmongery, chain and threaded bar entered the 'Top 50' growth companies after expanding by over 20% in the last 12 months.

Guy continued: “With over 20% growth this year, and a similar increase predicted for 2018 and 2019, with developing new routes to market and our expansion into mainland Europe, our new facilities future-proof us and allow us to capitalise on these and further opportunities, and reassuring our customers Perry doesn’t do boring!”

A Perry & Co was established in 1925 by Arthur Perry, grandfather and great-grandfather to the current third and fourth-generation family members who own and run the business.

The company initially manufactured gutter brackets, hinges, and fixings, before going on to manufacture and supply components for World War II such as ammunition boxes, Lancaster bombers, and more recently, Harrier jump jet landing pads.

Serving over 2,500 trade customers, it has a current turnover in excess of £12 million.