In 1912, this Sheffield firm made rivets used in warships and Model T cars. Designated an essential manufacturer during the first Covid lockdown, today it makes bolts, studs and fasteners for applications including wind and gas turbines, nuclear power generation, skyscrapers and railways. Chief executive Tony Brown, 56, led a 2017 buyout backed by US private equity firm Watermill Group, which acquired a majority stake. Operating from 21 sites on four continents, profits grew to an annualised £12.5 million in 2019.
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