New premises for local lathes manufacturer

New premises of Dean, Smith & Grace in Halifax.
New premises of Dean, Smith & Grace in Halifax.

After a long and illustrious history producing some of the world’s most advanced and renowned flat bed lathes, Dean, Smith and Grace are moving to a new base in Sowerby Bridge.

The research and development and manufacturing facility at MTTG, its parent company’s headquarters on Burnley Road, will now be the new home of the firm.

Ever since Dean, Smith and Grace became part of MTTG (Machine Tool Technology Group) it has gone from strength to strength and in addition to producing the highly acclaimed 400 series and 25P and 35P hollow spindle lathes, the company has successfully launched three new advanced machine tools on to the market.

The OTG2 - the original oil tool grinder - produced by MTTG ever since its launch in 2004, was further improved by Dean, Smith and Grace engineers and is now accepted as being ahead of any other machine of its type.

Also, RRG2 is an advanced roll grinder and late last year, a brand new range of high productivity slant bed lathes was also introduced – the SB series.

The new products launched in 2014 require improved facilities, while more space under overhead cranes and improved access are vital to continue the success of the company.

Carl Griffiths, group managing director, commented: “Dean, Smith and Grace have always had a worldwide reputation for producing advanced, robust and reliable machine tools but from time to time over the years it has suffered from lack of investment.

“At MTTG we saw the potential to take the company forward and have invested heavily in these new products and production facilities.

“While customers still return machines to us for refurbishment after 40 years of constant and productive use, Dean, Smith and Grace engineers will be concentrating on developing and manufacturing new and advanced machine tools that will once more lead the world for reliability and productivity.”