Celebrating 75 years of manufacturing heritage

At McMenon Engineering Services you cannot help being inspired by the past – considering the manufacturing giants that have called West Cumbria home over the last seven decades.

And this year, the rich heritage of 75 years of instrumentation manufacturing in West Cumbria will be celebrated at McMenon.

Although McMenon has only been in Workington for five years, the legacy it acquired from some of the biggest manufacturing names is one they are proud to be associated with and aim to continue.

Back in 1947 the story really began when Fischer and Porter, whose brand was associated with an industry-leading range of flow measurement products, acquired Maryport-based Solway Flowraters.

And nine years later they moved to Salterbeck Trading Estate, in the factory where McMenon now calls home.

Fischer and Porter were acquired by Elsag Bailey Process Automation (EBPA) in 1994 .

Then consequently in 1999 they were taken over by global manufacturing giant ABB, who continued to produce instrumentation on the Salterbeck site until 2018, when McMenon acquired the Workington based business.

‘Inspired by the past and motivated by the future’ is one of the motto’s of McMenon, a belief held in high regard by CEO Anand Puthran.

He said he was immensely proud of the manufacturing heritage in West Cumbria, in which his company is now playing its part.

“This is a rich heritage and timeline, which we are now proud to take our place in. Both Fischer & Porter and ABB were household names and that is an ambition I share for McMenon.

“We are continuing the fine tradition of manufacturing flow and temperature measurement instrumentation at our Workington base.

“But we are also diversifying our production into nuclear and renewables, as well as increasing our fabrication and pipework capabilities to leave our own part of the legacy for years to come.”

Some of McMenon’s current workforce began their careers with Fischer and Porter and can look back over a number of years at the changes within the factory and within the industry as a whole.

And that experience has proved invaluable to McMenon as it continues with new and exciting growth plans.

The past has certainly proved inspirational as McMenon paves its future.