Pland Stainless celebrates centenary

Pland Stainless celebrates centenary

2019 will be a year of celebration for the team at Pland Stainless as it celebrates 100 years in British manufacturing.

Established in 1919, on the same site based on the Lower Wortley Ring Road in Leeds, the company has revealed it has exciting plans during the year that will mark the occasion.

As a business with a long trading history, it has changed over the years in a bid to chase emerging markets. When formed in 1919, it was called the Taylor File & Tool Company but in 1926 changed its name to Taylor Rustless Fittings as it began producing stainless steel butchers’ fittings. It was in 1936 that it became the Stainless Steel Sink Company Limited (Trademark PLAND), the first to manufacture stainless steel sinks in the UK for both the Catering and Domestic markets. In 1993 it became part of The Spring Ram Corporation and as the group moved its domestic stainless steel sink production to Malta, Pland evolved to become a key commercial supplier.

In the year 2000, Pland became independent again from any group ownership and in 2008 the management team, led by current MD, Steve Duree, and Operations Director, Ian Hodgson, acquired the business.

Throughout the years and despite different ownership, the business has continued to employ and train skilled engineering personnel, some multi-generations, to manufacture products that are prevalent in many UK buildings today. In fact Pland claims its most important asset by far is its workforce, most of whom are time-served craftsmen who have learnt their trade through years of service with Pland.

Pland products today are largely designed for the healthcare, sanitaryware, washrooms, laboratory, education, catering, janitorial and the secure accommodation market places. But a growing and significant proportion of its business is made up of bespoke products where the technical team work with clients to design stainless steel products that deliver specific solutions, using in-house CAD/CAM and 3D modeling technology.

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