Group History

The growth of the Severfield-Rowen Group is undoubtedly one of the success stories of the construction industry.

From its inception in 1978 the company has attained the unrivalled position as the largest and most successful structural steelwork contractor in the UK.

2013 : Group Companies Merge : More . . .
Two of the Group’s principal UK trading Companies Sevefield-Rowen Structures Ltd And Watson Steel Structures Ltd merged.
The new company Severfield-Watson Structures Ltd also incorporates Steelcraft Erection Services Ltd.
2012 : India Targets Achieved : More . . .
Target outputs achieved at JSSL, India expansion approved (July)
2010 : JSSL India opens : More . . .
Official opening of JSW Severfield Structures Ltd, India (JSSL)
2009 : Abu Dhabi : More . . .
2009 saw the opening of a Project Office in Abu Dhabi
2008 : JSW Joint Venture : More . . .
In November 2008 a Joint Venture agreement was signed in India with JSW Building Systems Ltd (a subsidiary of JSW Steel Ltd) to create a structural steelwork business based in Bellary and Mumbai, India
2007 : Acquisition of Fisher Engineering : More . . .
2007 saw the acquisition of Fisher Engineering Ltd, a major construction steel fabricator based in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.
The Fisher acquisition extends Severfield-Rowen’s leading market position in the UK and gives a stronger presence in the growing Irish steel fabrication market.
2006 : Significant Expansion at Dalton : More . . .
June 2006 saw further expansion to the Dalton site, with the addition of lines 9 and 10.
Line 9 is the Group's third fully equipped intumescent fire protection application line, whilst Line 10 is a valuable addition to the fabrication facility, being responsible for the production of small fabrication items as well as the Group's "Off-Load Safe" system.
2005 : Acqusition of Atlas Ward Structures : More . . .
In 2005 the Group acquired Atlas Ward Structures Ltd., a company with another well-known brand, bringing with it an experienced workforce and a complementary end market and client base.
2001-2003 : Fabsec and Watson Steel : More . . .
The impressive growth continued as 2001 saw major expansion of the Group with the addition of a plated section processing line at Dalton following the creation of Fabsec Ltd., a joint venture with industry partners.
Fabsec offers beams with bespoke web openings, optimally designed for structural and mechanical efficiency, with the added value of a pleasing architectural appearance.
This was followed by the acquisition of Watson Steel Structures of Bolton from Amec, a company of international repute in structural steelwork, with a special expertise and experience of bridges, stadiums and tubular work - all areas with high engineering content.Production Lines 7 and 8 followed at the Dalton site in 2001 and 2003 respectively, to provide custom-built facilities for the environmentally controlled application of intumescent fire protection paint.
2000 : Dalton Site Adds Line 5 : More . . .
A fifth production line was added to the Dalton Facility in 2000.
1999 : Change to Severfield-Rowen : More . . .
In 1999, the Group Company's name was changed to Severfield-Rowen Plc reflecting the acquisition of Rowen Structures.
1996-1997 : First Major Aquisition : More . . .
1996 saw the first major acquisition, taking over the business and assets of J N Rowen Ltd of Nottingham, a long established Company operating in areas complementary to those of the existing business.
Rowen's experience of more complex types of steelwork, coupled with the 'muscle' of Severfield-Reeve, provides a flexible and formidable proposition.
Severfield-Reeve also continued its expansion at Dalton, with the addition of its third and fourth production lines in successive years, 1996 and 1997.
1993-1995 : Listing on the LSE : More . . .
The Company's progress continued unabated.
Its first international contract was obtained in 1993, and 1995 saw the Company moved up from the USM to a full listing on the London Stock Exchange.
1990 : Innovations and Expansion : More . . .
Following the installation of a second production line, a major technical innovation saw the introduction of the revolutionary floor-mounted handling system in 1990, enabling output to increase dramatically in volume and efficiency.
We also increased our own erection side of the business by taking over an established steelwork erection company, further expansion to the existing pattern of substantial organic growth.
The rapid expansion of the business created the need for a restructuring in order to operate more effectively. This was accomplished by the Plc creating a number of subsidiary operating Companies, each with its own management board.
1988 : Severfield-Reeve Goes Public : More . . .
In 1988 we became a public Company, the name was changed to Severfield-Reeve Plc, and became listed on the USM.
This move would facilitate more flexibility in funding the business development programme in the years ahead.
1980-1983 : Foundations Laid : More . . .
Whilst the evolution of moving to the present location in Dalton with the first production line in 1980, and changing to a limited Company in 1983, were important foundations, the really significant developments, have taken place since then.
1978 : Severfield-Reeve is Born : More . . .
The history of the Group, from the start-up as Severfield-Reeve - a partnership, in 1978, has been one of continued profitable growth, resulting from expertise, application, innovation and hard work.
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