Hanson Springs signs record £16m contract

Date published: 13 March 2024

Rochdale-based spring manufacturer Hanson Springs has signed a record-breaking £16m contract with US global technology and software giant Emerson.

The supply agreement is spread over two years and represents around a quarter of Hanson’s sales, which are predicted to help grow turnover to a record £33.5m in 2024 and £38m in 2025.

The backdrop for the contract signing was Rochdale Town Hall, which has just reopened after a multi-million pound restoration.

Malcolm Hanson, who founded Hanson Springs in 1963 and remains the managing director, described it as a "landmark day in a landmark building".

He said: “It gives us the confidence to expand and invest in plant and machinery to make us even more efficient.

“We’ve always had a really good relationship with Emerson, which has been built over a number of years.

“Our success is based on producing high quality products, integrity and sticking to deadlines.

“We’ve always done contracts on a handshake because our word is our bond. This gives us certainty and it's fitting that it should come in the middle of our 60th anniversary year.

“We’re good at what we do and we're very proud to be based in Rochdale. When Emerson said they were flying over to sign the contract we decided the refurbished Grade 1 listed Town Hall was a fitting location for the ceremony.”

David Schoonmaker, category manager in metals and molded products at Emerson, said: “There is a spring in every valve we make.  For more than 60 years, Hanson Springs has been, and continues to be, a world leader in spring manufacturing.

“Malcolm Hanson’s experience and passion for spring making is instilled in his family and reflected in his incredible team of people.

“The signing of this contract recognises Hanson’s outstanding performance, consistency, reliability, and dedication in support of Emerson through the years. It is a symbol of our shared commitment to achieving both competitive excellence and collaborative success, further solidifying our relationship going forward.  Let’s crack on, together!”

Rochdale Mayor, Councillor Mike Holly, said the newly refurbished town hall was the perfect setting for the contract signing ceremony.

“At the heart of the building is The Exchange, originally built as a marketplace for local businessmen to trade cotton and wool, the room is adorned with architecture and decoration showing the pride Rochdalians had for the town and borough, particularly in trade and commerce in the height of the industrial revolution,” he said. 


Representatives of Hanson Springs and Emerson join Rochdale Mayor Councillor Mike Holly in Rochdale Town Hall
Representatives of Hanson Springs and Emerson join Rochdale Mayor Councillor Mike Holly in Rochdale Town Hall


Headquartered in Gorrells Way, Rochdale, the family-run business includes Malcolm’s two children - John Hanson and Lisa Jenkinson, who are both directors, and three of his grandchildren, Luke Jenkinson, 24, Ellie Jenkinson, 20, and Amy Hanson, 20.

The company started making parts for the textile industry in 1963 but expanded into the oil and gas and power generation sectors. The springs are mainly used in valves.

More than 84 per cent of the company’s products are exported to 48 countries around the world with the biggest markets being the US; Italy; and China.

To support the anticipated increase in international sales, Hanson Springs have been assisted by their lending partner Independent Growth Finance, agreeing revised parameters on their existing structured finance agreement.

Louise Lee, relationship director at IGF, commented: “We are delighted to continue our support of the business as it expands internationally alongside Emerson.”

The company employs 225 staff, including one member of staff for 60 years; two for 50 years; seven for 40 years; and 11 for 30 years.

The company is celebrating its 60th anniversary year in business with a series of special monthly events. These have included a trip to York races; a local pub crawl; an Oktoberfest in Champness Hall and a £60 voucher for all staff to the Rochdale-based Lancashire Hospitality Co-Operation's pubs and restaurants.

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