A combination of home-grown raw materials, traditional craftsmanship and the latest manufacturing technologies has proved to be a recipe for success for Staffordshire based A&P Fencing since their inception since 1989.
Director Andy Milner explained: “We started making core boxes in a friend’s back garden in Erdington, near Birmingham, and then expanded to a chicken farm in Little Aston where we continued to make wooden boxes.
“The company then moved to Sutton Coldfield to a large pig barn where we began making fence panels a jig. In 1994 A&P bought their first waney Panelmaster machine after visiting nearby Treeway and being advised by Ken Greenaway that this would increase production and produce better quality fence panels.
“This represented a massive investment at the time but we have reaped the dividends over and over again. We soon invested in a featheredge Panelmaster, followed shortly after by a trellis master.
“We stayed at that site for 24 years until 2014 when we shifted operations to a site in Lichfield which gave us scope to expand further. These days our workshops are occupied with around 20 Panelmasters producing in excess of 2000 panels per day providing jobs for 50 employees.
“We also moved our concrete post / gravel board manufacturing plant to the same site focusing on the production of lightweight concrete. We soon established a large biomass plant to turn the excess scrap wood into heating energy for the concrete plant. This allows the concrete to cure quicker particularly in the colder months as well as keeping the workers warm!
“We have been extremely lucky this year as the storms in February started the ball rolling. The global pandemic arrived in UK at roughly the same time forcing the country into lockdown. In the glorious sunny days of summer it seemed that everyone wanted to enhance their garden whilst they had the chance which resulted in the busiest year in three decades,” added Andy.
Specialising in waney lap and featheredge panels as well as trellis and gates. A&P have established a solid reputation across the UK over the past 32 years for the manufacture and supply of a wide range of fencing, landscaping and concrete products.
Andy went on “We pride ourselves in a quality approach that goes from the materials we source, right up to the point of delivery to our commercial and domestic customers nationwide.
“We work with excellent materials that are complimented by our manufacturing methods. We help our customers with the creation of carefully designs products that fulfil all of their fencing requirements.
“Our stock is varied and there are solutions to suit all needs and budgets. Our fencing products are made to the highest spec on our panel master machines and then shipped around the UK using our own fleet of delivery vehicles. Having full control over distribution ensures reliable and quick delivery.
“The timber we use to produce our range is sourced from well managed and sustainable forestry that is generally under the close scrutiny of certification schemes.
“The solutions we endeavour to reach are always done in full consultation with our valued customers. This results in a working partnership based on trust and, in turn, continually reinforces our reputation in the marketplace.
“We also take great pride in our team of knowledgeable and friendly staff. They are a great asset to the company and part of our ongoing success.
“We operate two retail outlets in the Great Barr and Garretts Green areas of Birmingham and, as an expanding business, we are always on the lookout for new stockists,” concluded Andy
Quality, it seems is a byword for everything that A&P Fencing do and permeates every aspect of the business.
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