Celebrations as iconic Peterborough engineering company celebrates 150th anniversary

More than 160 staff at a leading Peterborough engineering company have celebrated their 150th anniversary amid a revival in fortunes for the manufacturing giant.

Wednesday, 29th March 2017, 1:06 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:54 pm

Peter Brotherhood, of Papyrus Road, Werrington, is an iconic name in engineering but its star waned during years of American ownership.

Its revival began two years ago when it was bought by Hayward Tyler, which restored its identity - symbolised with the erection of the Peter Brotherhood name to the side of the factory.

Greg Harding, general manager, told staff during celebrations at the factory: “Welcome everyone to this momentous occasion.

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Peter Brotherhood staff sign the wall to mark the company's 150th anniversary.

“We have a long and proud history and one we’ll continue to write for years to come as we still lead the way with innovative solutions to meet our customers’ demands.

He said: “I know times are tough, but the orders will come.

“Now is the time to be incredibly proud of this company. We are all part of the same team, and we will all succeed together.”

Four months ago, the firm completed the construction of a 60 tonnes steam turbine for South Korea - its first order since the revival of its name.

Peter Brotherhood staff sign the wall to mark the company's 150th anniversary.

Mr Harding said: “Restoring the Peter Brotherhood name has put us back on the map.

“We are recruiting and are taking on new orders.

He added: “We want to be the employer of choice here and are linking with schools because we want youngsters to aspire to be engineers.”

As part of the celebrations, staff signed a special display wall and received a commemorative mug.

James Richmond, business development director, said the firm will host a family fun day in June plus a 150 mile cycle ride. Staff are raising money for the Shine charity in Peterborough.