Had-Fab’s roots go back to post-war East Lothian when Lothian Structural Developments (LSD) was set up to manufacture pylons for the developing National Grid system. LSD continued until the 1970s when a new company, Haddingtonshire Fabricators, was set up by the managers of LSD at Had-Fab’s current site. This new company continued to manufacture pylons and telecommunications towers until its demise in early 1993.
Had-Fab is set up by the current directors and takes over the decrepit and dilapidated buildings and equipment of Haddingtonshire Fabricators. The workforce totals five people and the aim from the start is to build a reputation for quality and service. New technology is introduced, including a fax machine!
Implementation of our design facility, featuring CAD detailing for the design of steel and aluminium substation structures.
Our first CNC angle/flat punching and shearing line is purchased. This transforms the accuracy and efficiency of the production of transmission towers.
We invest in more CNC machinery – this time a drilling line for fast, accurate drilling of heavy section angles, channels, beams and hollow sections.
Work begins – in conjunction with artist Anthony Gormley – on ‘Exposure’. This 60-tonne, 26m high ‘crouching man’ provides huge logistical and physical challenges along the way, but all are overcome by our team. The extraordinary artwork is now permanently installed at Lelystad on the Netherlands coast.
An additional 20,000 square foot factory facility (adjoining our existing facility) is purchased and developed to be used for fabrication and welding. An additional CNC angle processing line is also purchased to cope with demand.
We win a prestigious GAGA Award from the Galvanizers Association and two Structural Steel Design Awards (which recognise the high standards of structural and architectural design attainable in the use of steel and its potential). Two of the three awards are for our work on ‘Exposure’, which the judges in the latter competition describing as “a remarkable steelwork structure”.
Our office facilities are extended and we begin the development of the four-acre Old Aerodrome site (adjacent to our premises) as a new stock yard. The new yard will allow extension of our original site with more production space and more efficient materials handling.
Our 20th anniversary year, with the company now established as specialists in all aspects of the production of electricity transmission towers, substation structures, and other fabrications from design through to erection. New facilities, the latest design software, cutting-edge fabrication machinery, and unrivalled expertise and experience all mark Had-Fab as a leader in its field. Our workforce now totals more than 80.
We purchase another facility on the industrial estate for development as an aluminium facility. This eases pressure on our existing space and allows us to separate steel and aluminium work.
Four new machines are purchased to enable us to increase capacity, improve quality and provide a better working environment for our workforce. The machines include a Vernet Behringer Drill Saw, an Ermaksan Plate Guillotine, a Timesavers Grindmaster (plate deburring machine) and an Ermaksan Powerbend Falcon Press Brake.