New Milton based spring manufacturer, Southern Springs and Pressings Ltd have celebrated their 70th anniversary of trading.
In 1948, Southern Springs Ltd opened their doors for the first time by founding partners Jack Harman and Richard Fletcher-Jones, they quickly moved the business to a barn in Old Milton and Joseph (Joe) Williams joined the expanding spring manufacturer. Joe and Richard continued to run the spring manufacturing business over the next 40 years.
The spring manufacturing business thrived on being particularly well placed to design and manufacture specialist coiling machines for the production of products that could not be made on standard machines of that era. As the business expanded it became necessary to build a new and more modern factory in its current location in New Milton in 1964.
In 1989, and on the retirement of the two founder members, Tony Williams took over the running of the business as Chairman. It was at this point that the company widened their manufacturing capability to encompass tool making, the production of metal pressings and wire forms, the spring manufacturing business also embraced new CNC technology.
A new board of Directors were appointed In 2015 with two long serving members of staff taking up senior roles within the company. Tim Page as Managing Director and Steve Blunt as Quality Director. Under their leadership, supported by the new board and 27 dedicated employees, the firm has invested heavily in state of the art highly complex computer controlled machine tools. SSP has been taken to new heights, winning major long-term contracts ensuring secure employment and greater company profitability, far removed from its humble beginnings in the late 1940’s.
Tim Page, Managing Director said “We are delighted to celebrate 70 years of trading, the business has grown significantly since opening their doors in 1948. The last few years have seen some huge investment in the factory environment and purchasing of new machines, We are looking forward to developing the business further in 2018 and beyond”.