Growth and more jobs expected at 100-year-old Scunthorpe steel foundry

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 1 Nov 2017

More jobs have been promised at the Bonds Heavy Castings foundry in Scunthorpe, which celebrates its centenary next week.

The 22-acre site on Dawes Lane was bought a year ago by the Durham-based Bondshold Group with the help of a £500,000 development grant from the British Steel Support Fund.

Since then another 27 jobs have been created, bringing the total work force to 88.

Welcoming the centenary, group chairman Paul Duncan said he expected the Scunthorpe workforce to further increase next year.

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Mr Duncan said: "It is still the best-equipped UK heavy foundry with a capability for castings of up to 25 tonnes finished weight, with specialist heat treatment and finishing."

Paul Duncan, chairman of the Bondshold Group

Last year the group reported a turnover of £22 million, mainly from exports.

Mr Duncan said with £11 million worth of orders for 2017-18, further growth was expected.

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On November 9, 1917, the Sheffield firm of John Brown and Co signed a lease for the land on Dawes Lane to build a steel foundry.

During the past 100 years the site has been run by Firth Brown, Firth Rixon and Bradken.

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