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Report - Stanley Works Sheffield May 2011

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Tassadar, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. Tassadar

    Tassadar 28DL Full Member
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    A well documented site i know , but after an abortive atemptive at Canon breweries it seemed a good option ,Visited with TheStig, NIC81 and non member, a nice mouch though we did get locked in the manufacturing side, when some bolted the doors to the admin block on the bridge, and some ninjaness was required toe scape and evade random wandering coach dude sho seemed to mill about the site at will...

    Historys

    Originaly 1843, Frederick Stanley started a small shop in New Britain, Connecticut, to manufacture bolts, hinges, and other hardware from wrought iron. With superior quality, consistent innovation, and rigorous operational improvement, Stanley’s company defined excellence, and so did his products.

    The Stanley Rule and Level Company was founded in 1857 by Henry Stanley in New Britain, Connecticut. In 1920, this company merged with the separate but related Stanley Works, founded by Henry Stanley's cousin Frederick Trent Stanley, and continued operating as its hand tools division.

    Stanley has been in Sheffield since 1937 with the acquisition of J.A Chapmans of Sheffield
    In 2008, the company consolidated a number of sites (3?) into a new facility at Hellaby near Rotherham, which apparently safeguarded a number of jobs, brought manufacture of Stanley products back to the UK from Asia.

    In 2010, Stanley and Black & Decker combined to form Stanley Black & Decker

    The Site once held the famous "Year Knife"

    "The Year Knife arrived at Stanley Tools UK some time in the early 1970's,. "It was unveiled in pride of place in Stanley's spacious reception area at the Rutland Road works in Sheffield.
    "It was a splendid sight, with its crucifix form and a really splendid Perspex case so that the public couldn't touch it.

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    Apparently they bought it at auction in 1969 to prevent it from leaving Sheffield and heading to the States - ironic when you realise that Stanley was an American company!
    No-one could remember how much was paid for it but a figure of £3000 was quoted

    The knife was in a poor state when Stanley Tools acquired it. Loose, damaged and rusty blades meant that it needed some real TLC - but it got just that with help from the original manufacturers, especially an older employee by the name of Mr Scales, and from David Galloway - an exhibition and design consultant - who restored the knife to its original glory.

    "The knife was in a poor state when Stanley Tools acquired it. Loose, damaged and rusty blades meant that it needed some real TLC - but it got just that with help from the original manufacturers, especially an older employee by the name of Mr Scales, and from David Galloway - an exhibition and design consultant - who restored the knife to its original glory.

    Stanley Works also hand made patterns

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    Lots of evidence of 5S/ LEAN ?Sigma methodology and continuous improvement type stuff all over the place

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    Thanks for looking, all critique welcome

    Many thanks to TheStig for the use of the wide angle.​

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