From a small steel fabrication shop overlooking Shropshire’s famous Wrekin hill to an industry-leading and innovative company with more than 100 patents, we have come a long way during our history.
Here, you can find out more about our history and the development of iron, steel, and geotechnical products, as well as the time we supplied manhole covers to the 2012 London Summer Olympics and the famous Coronation Street cobbles.
Gully chute connector launches, revolutionising a design that’s been in use since the Victorian era.
SX Composite range of geogrids launches to market, offering a 2-in-1 combined solution of a geotextile and a geogrid.
Wrekin celebrates 40th birthday
Tristar Grade B surface box introduced, with stepped collar to accommodate multiple sizes of guard tubes as standard
Armadillo, the hardhat for your ironwork, is launched.
Wrekin launch Unite range of E600 manhole covers to meet CD534 requirements
Wrekin rebrands and launches a new website that reflects the business in the present day.
Working alongside Thames Water, Wrekin creates the UK's first commemorative access cover in support of the LGBTQ+ community.
The Unite range turns 20 – still with zero registered failures.
The ClickLift rapid manhole frame raising system is launched.
Wrekin is awarded the BRE LPCB certification.
Wrekin wins the Northumbrian Water framework.
Wrekin’s turnover reaches £40 million.
As part of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ iconic Abbey Road LP, Wrekin and Thames Water create a one-off, bespoke Unite manhole cover, installed a stone’s throw away from the world-famous zebra crossing near EMI’s North London recording studio.
Wrekin sells more than 1,350 tonnes of steel products – the same weight as 20 space shuttles; 22 million m2 of woven geotextile, which equates to more than 2,998 football pitches; and 22,000 tonnes of iron manhole covers – the same weight as two Eiffel Towers.
Frame flange lifting keyways introduced to Highway and Unite ranges to make lifting easier and safer.
Steel products stock holding doubles from the 2016 position.
The Hercules range introduces a removable cover inspection window, which allows chamber inspection without the need to remove the cover.
Wrekin’s turnover reaches £30 million.
Wrekin wins the Scottish Water framework as a sole supplier.
Unite’s 15th birthday is celebrated with a visit from Conservative MP Michael Fabricant.
The Thames Water contract is extended for a fourth time and now includes the use of Wrekin’s UniPak bedding mortar, which ensures greater performance and an extended warranty.
Wrekin wins the Southern Water framework.
Wrekin Products’ turnover reaches £20 million.
Mechanical lifting points are introduced on our Hercules range, to make lifting easier and safer.
WWFE supplies manhole covers to the new Coronation Street at MediaCityUK.
WWFE wins the Scottish Water framework.
Vault range first introduces a sequential opening cover.
WWFE’s contract with Thames Water is extended for the third time after six successful years.
WWFE’s turnover reaches £10 million.
WWFE buys Wrekin Fabrications Ltd, another version of the original WWFE business that was set up by the previous bought-out owners.
The Highway manhole cover range is launched.
WWFE’s E’GRID is specified on the A47 Thorney Bypass, Cambridge, which, at the time, was the largest geogrid project in Europe.
WWFE’s turnover reaches £8 million.
WWFE wins Severn Trent framework due to Unite’s longevity.
WWFE wins the Thames Water framework, which it still holds today, thanks to the Unite range’s longevity. Prior to specifying Unite manhole covers, Thames Water was registering more than 8,000 failures per year. To this day, Wrekin has not received one registered failure of a Unite manhole cover.
The E’GRID Geogrid range is introduced.
Stan and the family launch a management buyout of WWFE, including its Woodland Road property, in Burton-upon-Trent, which CIS moves out of.
The Unite range is launched to market.
Force range introduces flared wall frames to increase stability and reduce weight.
WWFE’s turnover reaches £3 million.
Safety lifting keyways are introduced to all manhole covers, improving manual handling and on-site safety.
Unite range introduces:
The CIS Group is now turning over £14 million.
The CIS Street Furniture business leaves WWFE.
WWFE becomes the first company to receive the European Kitemark with an overseas foundry, which elevates its status as a quality steel product manufacturer.
E600 range of manhole covers introduce universal I Beams for the first time, significantly improving rigidity.
CIS Group begins to develop iron manhole covers and other products that WWFE owns the intellectual property, manufacturing process, patterns, and patents on.
CIS purchases WWFE, which becomes part of the CIS Group, to diversify into fabricated steel, manhole covers, and specialist fabrications.
Stan Turner – who had previously worked for a major manufacturer of water pipelines, valve fittings, and manhole covers – takes over pipeline engineering firm Cast Iron Services (CIS), which has a turnover of around £2-3million.
Based near Telford with views of the Wrekin hill, Wrekin Welding, Fabrication and Engineering Limited (WWFE) – a fabrication shop of steel products – is formed, manufacturing access covers, foundation structures, baggage handling, and conveyor belt systems.