History

West Mercia Sections is a leading manufacturer of cold rolled sections, with a reputation for innovation and precision.

Take a Look at the history of West Mercia Sections and see how you can become part of our story.

1960’s

Founded by William Henry Bissell

Before West Mercia Sections was formed in 1983, the foundations for the company all started with the formation of Dudley Roll & Tool Ltd back in the 1960’s.

Dudley Roll & Tool Ltd was a roll form machinery manufacturer set up by William Henry Bissell out of a small, humbling shed in Tipton.

Mr Bissell was known throughout the industry as  ‘The Doctor’ because of his unrivaled precision and expertise in tool making.

After building up a workforce of incredible toolmakers his reputation grew quickly seeing him become nationally and internationally recognized.

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1975

Rolled Sections (Dudley) Ltd

Having established Dudley Roll & Tool as one of the UK’s largest tooling and roll form machine manufacturers, Mr Bissell formed sister company Rolled Sections (Dudley) Ltd.

Rolled Sections (Dudley) Ltd started with the desire to make the best cold rolled products on the market, creating a formidable partnership with engineers and technicians at Dudley Roll & Tool.

This relationship oversaw the installation of over 20 in-house ‘design and built’ custom roll forming lines, developing innovative products for the Construction, Industrial, Automotive and Security markets.

Both companies went from strength to strength supplying locally, nationally and international customers, as far as Saudi Arabia and South Africa.

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1983

West Mercia Sections Ltd

By 1983 the company was rebranded and West Mercia Sections Ltd was established, carrying on where Rolled Sections (Dudley) Ltd had left off.

This saw the introduction of now managing director Robert Tuckey Snr who came on board to continue all the hard work and endeavor since its humble beginnings.

The year 1988 saw us expand our operations at Nicholls Road with the erection of a purpose-built facility boasting a large warehouse, over-head cranes, modern offices and renovated in-house tool room.

This saw the business grow further continuing to ship state of the art machinery and precesion rolled steel section worldwide as well as servicing local and national customers.

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1998

Erroll Wilson comes on board.

The early 1990’s was a very turbulent time for the company as two senior staff were caught taking money out of the business while setting up a competitor to WMS.

During this period the company looked to restructure and bring on board former colleague to Mr Bissell, Erroll Wilson.

Erroll struck up a tight friendship with Mr Bissell following their time with George Whitehouse Ltd in the early 1960’s as tool makers.

Erroll would then work along side Mr Bissell and son-in-law Robert Tuckey Snr as head of operations.

October 2003

Robert Tuckey Jnr starts his Apprentership

Current director and grandson to Mr Bissell starts his apprentership with West Mercia as a machine and press operative.

Robert joined the team following his foundation Diploma in Art & Design, accredited by the University of the Arts London, UAL Awarding Body (UALAB).

Robert soon progressed to the role of Purchasing Assistant to Erroll Wilson in 2008, and then joining the main board in 2013.

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March 2013

Compliance with CE Marking & ISO 9001 Accreditation

All West Mercia Sections products for use in construction are CE marked under the Construction Products Regulation.

CE Marking indicates that a product has been assessed by the manufacturer and deemed to meet EU safety requirements.

It is required for products manufactured anywhere in the world that are then marketed in the EU.

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September 2016

Launch of WM95™

In 2016 we saw the launch of our 95mm foam filled insulated lath, WM95™.

The launch of this profile after years or research and development was the first of its kind to be manufactured right here in the UK.

WM95™ is a 95mm twin skin profile roll formed from a single strip of material, with a full polyurethane central core, offering oustanding thermal and acoustic properties.

The launch of this product further enhanced our industry leading range of roller shutter door lath to the UK market.

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May 2022

WMS secure ISO 14001 & 45001 accreditation

West Mercia obtain ISO14001:2015 and ISO45001:2018 accreditation.

ISO 14001 specifies the requirements for environmental efficiency savings with rigorous management system standard.

ISO 45001 specifies requirements for occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) management.

This on top of our ISO9001:2015 accreditation and Factory Controlled Process (FCP).

Having these standards fives our customers the reassurance that our goal is to acheive excellence in all aspects.

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