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Kenrick toasts to 230-year history

Steve Williams and Steve Jones, of Kenrick

Celebrations have been taking place at Kenrick as the West Bromwich-based hardware supplier marks an extraordinary 230-year anniversary.

Staff toasted to the 230-year anniversary of company founder Archibald Kenrick establishing Kenrick in his hometown of West Bromwich. Archibald entered his very first business partnership and acquired his first shop in 1787. This year, the company also honours 190 years since Archibald’s son, Archibald Junior, joined the rapidly growing business. The company became ‘Archibald Kenrick & Son’ - a name it is still known by today.

Steve Jones, managing director at Kenrick, said: “This is a really special year for our business as we celebrate a staggering 230 years since our founder went in to partnership with the buckle-maker Thomas Bolton. Archibald was a brave 27-year old entrepreneur and he set the business up for an extremely long heritage in the UK. The Kenrick family was well-known in the area and the company employed hundreds of local people. We still have a strong presence within the community and there are several landmarks named after our business, including the local park, Kenrick Park and the main road, Kenrick Way.

“I’m really proud to be a part of this business and to see it trading successfully after many, many years. The company has produced all manner of products in its 230-year history and is now established as one of the leading suppliers of quality hardware to the window and door industry. This is a terrific milestone for our company and I feel privileged to build on this amazing pedigree. I’m genuinely excited about the next phase in the future of this business.”

Kenrick originally manufactured buckles and livery fittings from a 4,000 square yard site close to the Birmingham canal in West Bromwich. The company continually traded through both world wars and, during the Second World War, it even manufactured 7 million hand grenades and 1.5 million 2-inch mortar bombs, to aid the war effort.

The company still manufactures from the same site and, for more than 100 years, has been supplying components for windows and doors. Today, Kenrick is known for its extensive range of hardware solutions for PVCu, aluminium and timber window and door systems, which is one of the widest available in the industry. Over the last 25 years, the company has launched a number of innovative hardware products and has more new developments in the pipeline.

Kenrick is a leading supplier of hardware solutions for PVCu, aluminium and timber window and door systems. The company has a proud heritage spanning more than 200 years, having been established by Archibald Kenrick who manufactured buckles and livery fittings. Kenrick’s range of top quality products includes the market leading Excalibur multi-point locking system, the four-point Centurion system and the Easifit and Espagnolette locking systems.

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Archibald Kenrick

Archibald Kenrick & Sons Ltd was founded in West Bromwich in the Black Country in 1791 and has occupied the same site ever since. During the Industrial Revolution, the business became one of the country’s foremost cast iron manufacturers, something which continued for over 150 years. In the late 1940s, technological advances meant that Kenrick modernised rapidly, introducing new manufacturing techniques such as die-casting and injection moulding. Similar but evolved techniques are still used by Kenrick today.

Kenrick currently offers a variety of products for the furniture, door and window industries including castors, locking systems, handles and hinges. The majority of these products are either made on site in West Bromwich or at their overseas factories to a high standard. The design and innovation is carried out by Kenrick’s own experienced team.

In 1990, Kenrick became part of the Spire Group. It remains committed to investing in research and development, modern production techniques, new product launches and plans significant expansion over the coming years

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