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Thomas Dudley Works

Manufacturing for 100 years

Thomas Dudley has been manufacturing in the UK since the company’s inception in 1920.

Having previously helped to develop and manage foundries across the UK, Mr Thomas Dudley set up his own business, half a mile from our current Head Office. In 1934, the land was acquired and the foundry relocated to its current site on the Birmingham New Road.

In 1936, Thomas Dudley sailed on the Queen Mary’s maiden voyage to America and visited a number of foundries to help formulate his vision for the future of the company.

By the 1950s, the foundry was producing a wide range of products including cast iron WC cisterns. However, following a number of harsh winters, we began factoring frost-resistant heavy-duty rubber cisterns. This move paved the way for the plastics division which started to manufacture plastic injection moulded models shortly afterwards.

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As the foundry expanded, we invested heavily in mechanised plant and installed seven automated moulding lines between 1966 and 1988. Between 1969 and 1971, a new building was also erected to house the plastics division and our existing office block was completed.

Strategic acquisitions also saw Masefield-Beta, McDonald Diecasting, Waterfit and Rugby Plastics join Thomas Dudley and in 2020 all Thomas Dudley plumbing businesses merged to create Tyde, a market leading business supplying over 6,000 plumbing products. A great way to celebrate Thomas Dudley’s 100th year!

Today, Thomas Dudley is a hugely successful manufacturing business, employing around 500 people and generating turnover exceeding £50 million.

Latest News From Around Thomas Dudley

June 30, 2022
Jack Littlewood's Last Day

In March Jack joined us on an Industry Placement from Dudley College, today was his last day and the team wanted to say thank you for his hard work and dedication. Jack received a card and some vouchers to show their appreciation. Peter Devine, Director said "Jack has been a great asset to the stores […]

June 30, 2022
Spring Party at the Black Country Living Museum

A fabulous night was had by all at our May Spring Party at the BCLM. We were entertained by two bands from Dudley College, Circus Acts (Circus Mash), street food, bar and disco. What more do you need! The event was attended by over 300 of our employees and guests and a fabulous time was […]

May 11, 2022
We are 102 Years Old - Today!

Thomas Dudley is 102 years old today! To celebrate there are cupcakes for all 450 employees.

April 27, 2022
Schools are back at Thomas Dudley

It has been great to have the school visits back up and running. Todays students are from Link Academy, part of the DAT schools. The visits are part of the Careers in the Classroom events, showing how the workplace and the classroom are linked in many ways. These sessions will now be ongoing with year […]

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Thomas Dudley Limited
Registered in England No. 02399487
Registered Office: 295 Birmingham New Road,
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4SJ

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Thomas Dudley Limited
Registered in England No. 02399487
Registered Office: 295 Birmingham New Road,
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4SJ
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