As a business that had been in decline over a two-year period, FloForm finally went into administration in 2009 and 80 jobs were sadly lost. Hertfordshire-based Dawson Shanahan took the decision to purchase the business and all its assets, and made the strategic decision to retain the Welshpool site, reinstating 12 employees.

Dawson Shanahan had been in business with FloForm for 30 years, and knew the employees with their skills and expertise, had to be harnessed.

Les Reeves, joint managing director of Dawson Shanahan, says: “Although we initially thought we’d move the existing plant and machinery to our Potters Bar headquarters, on meeting with FloForm employees, it quickly became apparent that they possessed the skills, expertise and enthusiasm that was crucial to our future success. In addition to this, those who had worked for FloForm for many years, had a real loyalty to the company and shared our determination to build a successful business.

“FloForm customers became our customers,” he adds. “We were able to continue delivering bespoke components with our specialist knowledge of precision engineering. Since then, and indeed for over 75 years, we have continued to serve and grow our customers in automotive, as well as across many other sectors, including aerospace, packaging and power generation. We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone and continue our role in the local community, as well as growing our operations over the next 10 years and beyond.”