Manufacturer invests £4m in expansion of facilities

A Perry & Co

A Black Country ironmongery manufacturer has invested £4m into the expansion of its facilities to enable it to continue meeting demand.

Cradley Heath-based A Perry & Co (Hinges) has ploughed the money into a new modern 100,000 sq ft warehouse and manufacturing facility.

The expansion offers the firm warehousing provision of more than 140,000 sq ft.

The investment will potentially create 20 jobs in addition to the 15 that have already been filled.

The company, which manufactures and supplies hinges, hardware, ironmongery, chain and threaded bar, has seen growth of over 20% during the past 12 months.

Current turnover is in excess of £12m and it is continuing to innovate and diversify into new markets, alongside implementing a bespoke lean management process into its distribution and manufacturing processes.

Established in 1925, the company has worked with some high-profile clients down the years including Buckingham Palace, Wembley Stadium, HS2 and Wallace & Gromit creators, Aardman Animations. It has also supplied the film and TV industry, including studios behind the likes of the Star Wars and Harry Potter films.

It has recently signed a licensing agreement with Aardmann Animations to design and create a Shaun the Sheep sculpture in conjunction with the studios.

The investment will be marked at a special event later this month when The Duke of Kent visits the firm to perform the opening ceremony on the new facilities.

Guy Perry, group managing director, who joined the family firm in 1981, said: “We are honoured the Duke of Kent is opening our new distribution, warehouse and manufacturing facilities.

“While other companies within the industry are retracting or standing still, Perry is continuing to offer full-time employment and apprenticeships to local people. We are consolidating our leadership position in our traditional markets while diversifying into new sectors with exciting developments and innovations.”