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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

December 17, 2021
Christmas Charity Donation to Beacon Center

£5000 donation helps get people with sight loss cooking. The Beacon Centre has received a £5,000 donation to help people with sight loss to regain their confidence in the kitchen. The charity, which supports people with a range of eye conditions and other health issues, received the generous funding from local manufacturing firm Thomas Dudley. […]

December 17, 2021
Christmas Hampers for all TD Employees

Christmas came early this week for the Thomas Dudley employees as we delivered over 500 hampers to them, filled to the brim with lots of goodies. These were put together in house, so special thanks to Laura Smith, our visits to Bookers will be remembered. Also to Matt and Leah who helped pack them up […]

November 5, 2021
TD Foundry and the UK Fly the Flag for Climate Change in the Foundry Industry

TD Foundry has made the decision to close our coke fuelled Cupola melting furnaces and transfer all metal melting to our more energy efficient electric melting furnaces. As an ISO 14001 certified company, our drive for continuous environmental improvement is at the heart of our business. The motivation for the closure was due to our […]

October 19, 2021
Foundry in a Box

The Cast Metals Federation have recently presented Thomas Dudley Limited with their innovative Foundry in a Box. It is a means to demonstrate the theory of casting without the danger of hot molten cast iron. Instead the project uses a metal with a much lower melting point that can be heated by a gas burner. […]

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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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