Back in 1912, this group made the rivets used in battleships and Ford’s Model T cars. Today, it sells industrial bolts, nuts and washers, manufactured in Sheffield, America and China. In 2017, chief executive Tony Brown, 53, led a buyout backed by American private equity firm Watermill Group, which acquired a majority stake for an undisclosed sum. International sales reached an annualised £46.2m last year.
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