Group Rhodes is pleased to announce the acquisition of Slater and Crabtree Limited (S&C) on 6th June 2011.
The two Companies have enjoyed an intertwined history with S&C focussing its early business on the manufacture of tooling for Rhodes presses. S&C was based in an adjacent building to Group Rhodes in Belle Vue, Wakefield before moving one mile to its current location on Thornes Lane in the 1960’s.   Throughout this period Group Rhodes retained a minority share holding in the business and over recent years Mr Ian Ridgway (Chairman of Group Rhodes) held an advisory position on the Board.
S&C has a skilled workforce and an extensive range of CNC and manual machining facilities. The Company manufactures precision engineered components for a blue chip customer base including companies such as David Brown and Camerons, both of which are also serviced by Group Rhodes. 
Group Rhodes, Wakefield Business of the Year in 2009 and Queen’s Award winner for the development of aerospace metalforming technologies in 2010, has made this acquisition in order to strengthen its means of production and also to help protect the engineering skill base in Wakefield. The immediate focus will be on developing the S&C business within the Group Rhodes family of Companies, thereby generating a stronger and more efficient operation. 
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