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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 16, 2021
Visit to Beacon Hill Academy

Michele Bickerton, People & Development Director. As part of the Enterprise Advisor Team for the DAT (Dudley Academies Trust), it was really great to be able to visit Beacon Hill Academy earlier this week. During lockdown I did a virtual employability session with the students from Beacon Hill. This session talked about the life cycle […]

June 11, 2021
Lean Training

Its great to see our training room being used again! Yesterday was day three of the Lean Training  at Thomas Dudley, delivered by Paul Davies of In-Comm Training. The team will go on to complete an NVQ following a project within their work areas. Feedback so far has been very positive with the overall consensus […]

June 8, 2021
Thomas Dudley Foundry Are In The Home Weights Market

Thomas Dudley has launched a range of hybrid weight plates for the home fitness market. These versatile weights can be used either with a bar or on their own using the ergonomically designed handles, which allow you to safely perform a huge number of weight plate exercises. Ranging from 1.25kg to 20kg they can be […]

June 3, 2021
Thomas Dudley Foundry Moves Closer To One Site Goal

Thomas Dudley Foundry have just completed building a brand new warehouse facility on its Duport Foundry site.  This facility is planned to come on stream in late 2021 and will provide a central distribution point for all of our foundry activities. The purpose built unit has over 2000 unique rack locations and will utilise a […]

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

Thomas Dudley Limited
Registered in England No. 02399487
Registered Office: 295 Birmingham New Road,
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4SJ
Thomas Dudley Ltd | Copyright 2021