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NEWS > NOV 2019

Crosby to Mark 100 Years of Premier Stamping

The Crosby Group, LLC, the global leader in lifting, rigging, and material handling hardware, celebrates a century of metal forging at Crosby Premier Stampings Ltd. in the heart of the UK’s Black Country.

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Crosby Premier Stampings’ facility spans 63,000 square feet and employs 80 people, who play a role in forging and machining lifting and rigging products that are shipped across the world.

Premier Stampings, a Crosby Group company, hosted Crosby distributors, end users and other customers from all over the world at its Cradley Heath, West Midlands, facility on October 3, 2019. Celebrations concluded at the nearby Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, where dinner followed a heritage tour that walked attendees through the story of one of the first industrialized landscapes in Britain.

Jason Colwell, Managing Director of Crosby Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), said: “While the event celebrates 100 years of forging in a region steeped in history, we are equally using the occasion to mark a point in time from which to continue to shape the future.”

Anthony Thomas, General Manager of Crosby Premier Stampings and a 30-year veteran of the company, said: “We are the last remaining volume-lifting component manufacturer in the UK. We can finish components from 0.1 to 55kg in gross weight from start to finish. We make products for operations where safety is a primary consideration and our customers recognise that we are offering a high quality, high value service from a region that has forging in its DNA.”

He said: “We have UK-based distributors that have been with us for 40 years, since before we were part of the Crosby portfolio. Many of them toured our facility and the museum for the first time. It was fascinating for them to note that forging hasn’t really changed that much over the years; what has evolved is the equipment and technology that we use. We have historical references to forging lifting components as far back as the 1930s at our original home in Masters Lane, Blackheath, for what was then a local B2B customer base. The world has changed a great deal since, but we’ve managed to thrive during many chapters of history and are very excited about forging the future.”

Robert Desel, Crosby CEO, said: “This plant, the people that work here and the products it manufactures are another example of Crosby’s commitment to safety, innovation, and reliability supporting safe, effective and efficient lifting at job sites, plants and rigs around the world.”

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