Sissons marks 225th birthday

Franke Sissons, the Chesterfield-based leading manufacturer of stainless steel sanitary ware, industrial sinks and catering equipment, is marking the 225th anniversary of its foundation in Sheffield.

The company is staging an open day at its Sheepbridge Industrial Estate plant, where, thanks to Sheffield museums, it will be displaying a meat dish, toast rack, tureens and dishes made by forerunner W&G Sissons after it set up in Sheffield in 1784.

Sissons, which was based in Eyre Street, started out making candlesticks, tureens and cutlery and was one of the pioneers of electroplating.

The company began manufacturing sinks after the First World War, and then lamp reflectors and stub pipes for Lancaster bombers during the Second World War.

Sissons expanded and moved to Calver Mill in Derbyshire in 1973 and bought its current factory on Carrwood Road, Chesterfield, in 1978, becoming, becoming part of the Swiss-owned Franke Group in 2002.

The company is now the UK's leading manufacturer of commercial sinks and sanitary ware systems for schools, local authorities, prisons, hotels and the commercial sector.

Among those celebrating the anniversary will be the company's longest serving employee, Granville Lowe, who has been with the company for 50 of its 225 years.

Managing director, Andy Dukelow, who joined the company as an apprentice in 1981, said: "This is a hugely exciting and rewarding year for us.''

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