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The Ash & Lacy name is synonymous with quality engineering and its history can be traced back to 1864, making it one of the oldest companies in the West Midlands.

Ash & Lacy Building Products Division was formed in 1989 with the launch of the AshFix range of fasteners & accessories. This was followed in 1991 by the development of AshGrid, the first spacer support system for built-up metal roofing and cladding. In the same year the lightweight metal framed AshJack over-roof conversion system was introduced again quickly becoming the market leader in flat-to-pitch roof conversion.

In 1995 the AshFab range of bespoke architectural fabrications was added to the Ash & Lacy product range and a branch in Glasgow was opened. With business growing by up to 50% per year the company set up a London depot in 1999 and in 2000 acquired the present site at Bromford Lane, creating 60,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and warehousing space and 10,000 sq. ft. of office space. 2000 also saw the launch of the AshTech rainscreen cladding system. In 2002 the company changed its name to Ash & Lacy Building Systems to more accurately reflect the growing product range followed closely by the formation of the Specification Division in early 2003 with the launch of the AshZip standing seam roofing system.

As a result of continued organic growth of the Fabrication business, the Glasgow branch was moved to larger premises in 2002. In 2006 the London Fabrication business was relocated from Kingston to a larger modern site in Chessington.

In July 2011, Ash & Lacy Building Systems was bought by Jonathan Evans. Jonathan and his team not only brought with them a successful track record and extensive knowledge of the industry, but also a new vision for Ash & Lacy’s future, of manufacturing excellence and unique engineering solutions through the introduction of new products.

Ash & Lacy and their customers immediately saw the positive effects and benefits from the acquisition and the company was to soon benefit from what was to be the largest capital investment in the company’s history. This investment was not only a major step forward in their supply capability, but also created a number of jobs in its local community.

2014, which marks Ash & Lacy's 150th anniversary, holds further exciting capital investments which include factory process standardization and new manufacturing facilities that will again be a record-breaking investment for the company. This high level of investment has already reaped its rewards, as the company continues to go from strength to strength with their products featuring in award winning projects throughout the UK.

Timeline

1857 - Formed First Company - Joseph Ash

1864 - Joined with John Pierce Lacy to form Ash & Lacy

1970 - Ash & Lacy Steel Products Formed

1975 - Floclad Added to Product Range

1984 - Flospan Buildings Developed and Launched/Dekex Fully Sealed Roof System Launched

1986 - Continuous Composite Panel Line Introduced to Produce Kaltech Composite Panels

1989 - Ash & Lacy Building Systems Started, Following Sale of Cladding Business to Conder Group

1989 - AshFix and AshGrid AG35 Launched

1991 - AshJack & AshGrid AG40 Patented and Launched

1993 - Move from Smethwick to Hill Top Industrial Estate

1995 - Glasgow Branch Opened/Gem Fasteners Acquired/AshFab Launched

1999 - London Branch Opened

2000 - Acquisition by Hill & Smith Holdings plc/Move to Current Bromford Lane Site/AshTech Launched

2002 - Glasgow Facility Moves to South Street

2003 - Specification Division Formed/AshZip Launched

2006 - London Branch Moves from Kingston to Chessington

2011 - Acquisition by Jonathan Evans

2012 - Introduction of state of the art production facility for the AshGrid bracket and bar system.

2013 - Capital investment, including an “Off Coil” processing facility and several new sets of AshFix screw assembly machines.

2013 - Success in two categories of the NFRC’s Scottish Roofing Contractor of the Year and Winners of Vertical Cladding/Rainscreen Category in NFRC Roofing Awards.

2014 - Ash & Lacy debuts the AshTech DucoSun new ventilation and solar shading system.