Sheffield firm Gripple marks 25 year anniversary

Posted on 16 Jul 2014 by Thomas Colson

Sheffield-based wire joiner and tensioner Gripple has marked its 25th anniversary.

The firm is known for its Gripple fasteners, which were launched in 1988.

Existing methods of joining two wires were cumbersome and Hugh Facey, then a wire salesman, recognised the potential of an innovative solution.

Having established itself in the agriculture and viticulture markets, the company has since expanded into the construction industry

Gripple Limited celebrated 25 years of operation this week by commissioning Pete McKee, a Sheffield artist, for a large painting, and the sculptor Ian Hudson for a two metre high stainless steel sculpture resembling a Gripple fastener.

At the unveiling the men responsible for the ‘birth’ of the Gripple wire joiner told their story. Mr Facey, now Gripple chairman, was joined by Brian Shawcross, who helped Mr Facey to develop it during his time as a senior engineer at Cheshire Engineering.

Facey said: “This is a proud day for the company, and obviously Brian and me.”

“We never predicted the enormous potential and success of the Gripple fastener,” he added.

Both celebratory artworks will be displayed permanently at the Gripple HQ.