Hamlet’s Ironworks is in talks to sell its ironworks
Sheffield, England – Sheffield Ironworks has been in discussions to sell the business it runs, which employs more than 150 people, in a move which could see it close shop in the near future.
The company announced last week that it would sell the Ironworks to a new owner.
The news comes as Ironworks’ chief executive, Martin Brown, is also expected to announce that the company will close its remaining ironworks in Sheffield and in England, according to The Independent.
Sheffield Iron Works’ owners have not responded to the BBC’s requests for comment.
The business was founded in 1902 and has been run by the company since the early 1900s.
The Ironworks are famous for their iron-making workshops, which were first opened by John Fitch in 1854.
They were originally called the Fitch Forge.
The company’s former managing director, Martin Smith, said the company would continue to make its products.
“It is very sad to see Ironworks go, but it is a sad day for Sheffield,” he said.
“We are very proud of the work we do and our ironworks and we hope we will be able to stay here for generations to come.”
The company, which has also produced a range of products, said it would “continue to offer services to the community”.
Sheets of cement and steel were made at the Iron Works, which is now closed, according the company’s website.
It said it had produced more than 3 million tonnes of iron in its lifetime, and that “about half of that is used for everyday products”.
It also said the Iron Workshop had created a “significant” contribution to the local economy and to the Sheffield area, and said the town would be “remembered for its outstanding work”.
The Ironworks was founded by Fitch, who started the company with his brother William Fitch.
They built the first ironworks at Sheffield, which was a centre for ironmaking in the 1860s.
Ironworks’ Ironworks, which now houses its manufacturing facilities, was the second company to open a new manufacturing facility in Sheffield in the 1970s, after General Electric and Cargill joined forces to build a manufacturing facility at a nearby factory.
In 2016, the company sold its remaining operations in England and Wales, and the Ironmaking Shed at its Sheffield factory closed in March 2019.
The BBC contacted Sheffield Ironworks for comment and will update this story if and when we receive a response.