ERIKS UK acquired the entire share capital of Seals Packings and Gaskets on 1st August 2008. Since that time we have seen a lot of changes in the World, the Credit Crunch, Global Recession and a change of Government. However, one thing that has not changed in this time is the management structure and philosophy of SPG.
Growth is dependent on SPG remaining true to our philosophy of offering quality products at competitive prices, all bundled together with outstanding customer service. We remain dedicated to quoting 95% of all enquiries within 2 hours, with the average turn around being 38 minutes.
Conversion rates for internal ERIKS enquiries is currently 83%, with on time deliveries over 99%! Moving forward, I believe it is now time for SPG to become more aligned with the ERIKS Group. Although the SPG brand remains very strong and will be retained in the HVAC market, it must be the intention to adopt the ERIKS brand for our Industrial Sealing activity if we are truly going to realise the growth expectations discussed. We will begin to rollout a re-branding of SPG, reflecting that we are ERIKS'
technical centre for gaskets here in the UK. In addition to utilising the orange SPG lozenge, we will also use the term ERIKS Gasket Technology, on all paperwork, literature and promotion activity in the coming months.
Finally, and most importantly, thanks to colleagues at SPG for your hard work and continued support. People are SPG's most important asset, a factor that must never be forgotten.
This History of SPG
On 30th September 1971 the company was founded by Harry McGuiness Harrison. Harry was a Cumbrian who arrived in South Yorkshire in 1946 after spending 6 years in the Royal Artillery during the war.
Until 1971 Harry Harrison & Gordon Adams (Pictured Right) worked for a Sheffield Steel Gasket Company, after being made redundant Harry started SPG from a 2,000 sq ft. premises in Cadman Street, Sheffield and Gordon joined him just a few weeks in. SPG started by making rubber and asbestos based joints and gaskets with just 4 employees.
After Harry passed away Gordon became the Managing Director of SPG alongside Shareholder and Director Mike Wilkinson, with customers all over Europe and the Middle East.
After a short stay in Ecclesfield their 2nd home the company had outgrown the building, which is why they moved to Barnsley in 1973. Taking over a lemonade factory on Shaw Lane. Re-naming 10 years later in memory of Harry McGuiness Harrison to McGuiness Works.
SPG moved from McGuiness works Shaw Lane to a new McGuiness Works much larger at 12,000 sq ft. at Mount Osborne Industrial Park where it moved to in 1997 after discovery of a spring under their previous premises allowed them to sell the property to produce bottled water. ERIKS Gasket Technology is still based there today, with new machines for cutting & pressing gaskets and allot of the original family run team from SPG.
When Gordon Adams retired in 2002, part owner and Works Director Jim Harrison (Pictured Right) son of the founder Harry McGuiness Harrison bought the remaining shares for sole ownership of SPG, bringing in Simon Noble as Managing Director.
In 2008 Jim sold SPG to ERIKS Industrial Services and now has since been successfully re-branded to the ERIKS Gasket Technology Centre to fit in with our 'One ERIKS' vision.
Jim now runs the Thornbridge Brewery
at Thornbridge Hall.