MGF are proud to announce that this month marks our 40th anniversary! Whilst we can’t get together to celebrate, we are reminiscing about the “good old days”. Reaching this milestone is significant for any business and one that we are immensely grateful to have achieved. It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our loyal customers and the dedication of our staff, we can’t thank you all enough.
MGF has grown from a very small business into a 400 strong team based across 14 locations, with a multitude of skills and experience. Our founder and Chairman, Michael O’Hara who set up the company in 1981 says “MGF started from very humble beginnings. We imported one load of trench boxes from a German manufacturer, whose name and logo we adopted. We hired them out using a corner of a builder’s yard in Rochdale. Now, forty years later we have ten trading centres covering the UK in our core business, and a major manufacturing and distribution centre at Lockett Road, Ashton in Makerfield.”
After a few years of trading at our first Astley depot, the business expanded, moving into the Midlands, Durham and then Bristol. With the expansion, came a greater demand for temporary works designs (justified by calculations) and so too came the development of the engineering department, which now stands at a 39 strong team of highly qualified team of civil, mechanical and structural engineers.
As the business grew, we moved into Yorkshire, London and the South East and expanded further into East Anglia and Exeter before moving up to Scotland early last year.
A key aspect to the success of the business over the 40 years has been the ongoing development of the in-house manufacturing and transport capability, allowing us the logistical control and freedom to innovate required to facilitate increasingly complex customer requirements whilst still providing a quality service.
Our latest development into the area of structural support, UniShore®, has been a tremendous success and has seen two depots opening within their first year of trading – at Warrington and Tring. Branching into this industry has been a natural progression for our business. We have designed and manufactured the equipment in-house and in consultation with customers and experienced market specialists – allowing us to deliver a product that minimises component weight whilst giving market leading performance. We have plenty more plans for growth and innovation ahead too.
Despite the growth, MGF has maintained a family business ethos – based on the same values that Michael started with 40 years ago – commitment to excellent customer service, innovation through the reiterative pursuit of betterment and long-term sustainability for the business.
Join us in celebrating and catching up about the memories.
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