2019 will be a year of celebration for the team at fabricator Pland Stainless as it marks 100 years in British manufacturing.
Established in 1919 on the same site, based on the Lower Wortley Ring Road in Leeds, the company will reveal plans during the year to suitably mark the occasion.
The business has changed and flexed to chase emerging markets over the years. When formed in 1919 it was called the Taylor File & Tool Company and in 1926 changed its name to Taylor Rustless Fittings in line with a change to produce 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, in the UK, Pland evolved to become a purely commercial supplier.
In the year 2000, Pland became independent again 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). The company claims that its most important asset is its workforce, most of whom are time-served craftsmen who have learnt their trade through years of service with Pland. The firm has also been committed to offering an apprenticeship scheme since 2014, to continue to train skilled workers for the business.
Pland products today are largely designed for the healthcare, sanitaryware, washrooms, laboratory, education, catering, janitorial and the secure accommodation marketplaces. But a growing and significant proportion of the business is made up of bespoke products, where its technical team work with the client to design stainless steel products that deliver specific solutions, using its in-house CAD/CAM and 3D modelling technology.