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Company History

Shipley Structures was established in 1982 by David Maddocks as a family owned and run steel fabrication business, operating from a small unit in Grantham. David’s many years of experience in the steel industry quickly gained them an enviable reputation for high quality workmanship and reliability.

David’s daughter, Wendy, joined her father as an apprentice in 1983 and progressed from the shop floor, through all aspects of the company in the following years. Together, they expanded the business in a controlled and progressive manner from its small beginnings into an efficient, high quality fabrication specialist, culminating with a new larger factory being built on the existing premises in 1989. At this point, the decision was also made to establish an internal design and build division, to offer an overall ‘package’ to the growing list of clients and, under Wendy’s influential guidance, this now forms the major part of the business.

Control of the company passed to Wendy in 1997 and following continued growth, the company relocated into larger premises at its present site in Ancaster, on the outskirts of Grantham, in 2000.

Today the company is still owned and run by Wendy as Managing Director, who now with over 30 years’ experience, still retains a “hands on” approach to the business. Wendy has also during this time built a team of dedicated staff around her to continue the progressive and forward thinking ways of the company, yet still retaining the important attributes of a family owned and run business.

Joining in 2000, Mitch Weston now oversees the day-to-day running of the business in conjunction with Wendy and was appointed as joint Managing Director in 2013. Mitch has particular responsibility for Quality, Enviroment, Health & Safety and Production, ensuring we adopt and develop the latest fabrication technology and accreditations, including CE marking.

Chris Murphy is the Director in charge of our Contracts Department and is responsible for ensuring that our team’s reputation for a quality, on-time service is maintained, along with the responsibility for all on-site activities.

Glynn Shepperson is the Director responsible for our Sales and Estimating Departments, providing support to our long-term partnering clients, the generation and development of new client relationships and, in particular, the early involvement at enquiry stage to ensure maximum tender / contract evaluation is achieved.