Mayors take tour of factory floor

A family firm, which has been manufacturing in the Black Country for more than 150 years, welcomed the Mayors of Sandwell and Dudley on a tour of its factory floor.

Mayor of Sandwell Councillor Richard Jones and Mayor of Dudley Councillor Sue Greenaway visited Isaac H Grainger & Son Ltd on Gawne Lane in Cradley Heath.

Humble beginnings

The firm has been operating in the iron and steel industries in the area for 158 years. Although now based in Sandwell, the firm’s humble beginnings were in the bottom of a garden in Northfield Road, across the border in Dudley borough.

This laid the foundations for a successful business, which saw it survive the economic slump of the 1920s and both world wars.

In its 158-year history, the company has adapted its products, which it ships around the globe.

It remains in the hand of the Grainger family and employs dozens of people out of its Gawne Lane factory.

It now specialises in the steel manufacture of underfloor structures for raised access flooring, which it supplies direct to office and commercial premises – including iconic landmarks the Library of Birmingham, Fort Dunlop and Sandwell College.

Mayors of Sandwell and Dudley with staff at Isaac H Grainger
The Mayor of Sandwell Councillor Richard Jones and the Mayor of Dudley Councillor Sue Greenaway [centre] with [from left to right] Amelia Grainger, Rebecca Grainger, Matt Rimmer, Robin Grainger and Nathan Grainger.

Largest commercial solar farm in Sandwell

The firm also boasts its environmental efforts with a solar farm on the site. The 294-panel farm generates up to 77kw of its own energy to supply the factory. To date, this is still the largest commercial solar farm in Sandwell.

Councillor Richard Jones, the Mayor of Sandwell, said: “Thank you to everyone at Isaac H Grainger’s for making us feel so welcome. As a business which operates very close to the border of Sandwell and Dudley and employs people from across the areas, it was fantastic to be joined on the visit by the Mayor of Dudley on this visit.

“For decades this company has supported our local economy and provided jobs and I wish it every success for the next 158 years.”

Councillor Sue Greenaway, the Mayor of Dudley, said: “One hundred and fifty eight years in the manufacturing industry is something to be proud of.

“Generations of the Grainger family have established and maintained a successful business, which remains true to its humble beginnings.

“It was a pleasure to meet everyone on the factory floor to get an insight into how the company operates.”

‘We will never forget our roots’

Robin Grainger, from Isaac H Grainger and Son Ltd, said: “It was a privilege to have both Dudley and Sandwell Mayor’s visit us.

“As a small business we’re always proud of all the hard work and commitment our staff put in but it’s safe to say we will never forget our roots.

“It’s nice to share our story and history with the wider community.

“We hope to support plenty more Black Country families, UK industries and future Grainger generations in the many years to come.”

The visit took place on Wednesday 27 July 2022.

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