In 1912, this Sheffield firm made rivets used in battleships and Model T cars. Designated an essential manufacturer in the first 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. In August 2019 it acquired French firm Beck Industries, helping international sales grow to an annualised £118 million that year.
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