Stalybridge company showing the ropes worldwide

TOTAL Rope Solutions, one of the UK’s leading lifting gear specialists and wire rope manufacturers, is looking to expand.

The business, that employs 11 people and has an annual £1.5 million turnover, has outgrown its premises on Knowl Street in Stalybridge.

“We are looking to relocate as we need to expand and can’t grow here,” explained partner Chris Hey.

Since being set up in 2004 by Chris, Chris Hadfield and his late father Fred, Total Rope Solutions has continued to grow.

“We were initially based in one of the railway arches at Stalybndge and as we expanded we ended up using four of the arches before moving to our current premises eight years ago,” Chris explained.

The company, which had recently been looking to relocate to Mossley, produces wire ropes that are used for lifts, cranes, offshore oil and gas installations in the North Sea.

A huge client is a company in Wales they supply with one million climbing ropes each year.

Their ropes are also used by the Ministry of Defence, nuclear, construction, marine, elevator, theatre, event, height safety, access and transport companies.

After 48 years in the industry, Chris Hey has a wealth of experience that began as a 16-year-old in the rigging shop at Glover Brothers, who he believes was the town’s largest employer back in the 1970s.

Glover Brothers went out of business in 1983 following the demise of the coal industry as that provided 60 per cent of its work. 

The company had been manufacturing wire rope in Mossley since the 1800s.

Chris, who pointed out that three wire rope manufacturers folded in the space of six months, recalled working underground in the coal mines of Lancashire, Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

“We supplied ropes and splice them underground,” he explained.

“We also made the winding ropes for the wheels and later move on to repairing them.”

Chris, who went from the splicing depart to production manager at Glover Brothers, was one of four employees that set up Glover Ropes in 1983.

That company flourished until it was sold in 2004 when Chris helped found Total Rope Solutions whose wire rope goes mainly to the UK market, though some is exported to Ireland and France.

Total Rope Solutions is also actively involved in the community supporting local causes.

It is Mossley Football Club’s main club sponsor as well as backing Stayley and Micklehurst cricket clubs and Ashton Brass Band.

“Most of our workers live in Mossley and we think it is important to put something back into the community,” he said.

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