Celebrating their 50th Year, IAE have marked the occasion by commencing work for an additional 200,00 sq ft development on a recently acquired 10acre site at the factory based in Staffordshire.
The project will comprise of a Powder Coating plant for the expanding Fencing market, a Learning & Demonstration area along with additional production capacity.
The current 26-acre site on Mossfield Road, Longton was bought in 1998 and the first building to go up was a galvanising plant in 2003. This was then followed by the three factories in Leek moving over to the site. The company HQ was firmly established in 2010 following the opening of a purpose-built office block. IAE currently employs 500people at Mossfield Road across the Agricultural, Fencing, Equestrian and Shelters divisions.
‘This latest development is the next step in the company’s evolution and has been 18 months in the planning and its envisaged it will take around 3 years to complete’ said Frank Klucznik, Managing Director and third generation of the family to be involved in the business.
‘It will enable the company to develop new facilities and secure its future.’
‘The phased development will take time but it’s an important next step for the company, sowewanttogetit absolutely right’
The company has come a long way since its inception when WW2 war veteran Frank Klucznik opted
to stay in Leek after the war and develop his fabrications skills. In 1969 the company had 3 employees and a reputation for manufacturing a good quality product for agricultural markets was soon established spreading nationwide and the company prospered employing 25. By 1989 additional factory space in Leek had been acquired and the company now had 75 employees on the books. This year also marked the establishment of the Fencing division manufacturing a range of steel railings and bespoke designs from Architects across the UK. By 1991 the Fencing division had grown to the point where a separate premises in Cheadle, Staffs was acquired solely for Fencing manufacture.
Richard Harper, IAE’s Sales Director, has also witnessed the growth having been with the company for 36 years. ‘It’s incredible when you think back, at the time I don’t think we thought it would open up all the opportunities it has, we were just too busy ‘getting on with the job’ making quality products and supplying a good service, a continuing ethos which has undoubtedly contributed to success of the family run company over the years’ he said.
The biggest milestone in the company’s history was to acquire the current 26 acre site at Longton, a former colliery, in 1998.
‘Bringing all the Leek factories to one site was a huge step for the company but it’s made us more efficient as an operational unit. The galvanising plant and the powder coating plant will enable us to keep everything under one roof and have total control of quality of manufacturing,
Continuing to move the business forward we constantly look at what the future holds for our markets and how we can make the most of the opportunities as they come along’.
IAE is a company that continually reinvests for the future both in plant and people: we were one of the first in this sector to invest in automated production.
Our first robot welder came in 2005 and today we currently now have 19 robotic welding cells along with laser cutting and sheet folding machinery.
Our commitment to people development particularly has also seen our award-winning apprenticeship scheme intake double since 2017 and currently we have 27 placements throughout the company.
Since IAE moved into the Fencing sector we have been some considerable changes in the marketplace which is why we continue to adapt and forward plan as with this major new development to ensure the companies continued success for the years to come.
Installed in 1970 and still going strong today
Leek until 2008