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Established in 1969, we are a family-run business and one of the South West’s leading quality metalwork manufacturers.

We specialise in sheetmetal and fabricated steel products, underpinned by nearly 50 years experience in toolmaking, precision engineering and press work.

As sub-contract engineers we provide businesses in Plymouth, Devon and throughout the region with a one-stop shop for metal assemblies, including precision turning, pressed components and sheet metal parts.

We are well served to operate and service all industries where high quality engineered components are critical, from transport & automotive, retail, specialist furniture, enclosures and can cater from small or large volumes and work with you and your design teams to develop and prototype your product.

With our highly-skilled design team using the latest equipment and industry recognised software combined with the latest CNC state-of-the-art machinery enables us to react fast and provide a well engineered product on time - to your exact requirements.

 

Our history

Following a successful apprenticeship at Tecalemit Plymouth, Bill Alderman decided to go it alone in the world of Toolmaking and founded Alderman Tooling Ltd with little more than a dream and a damp unit on Sutton Harbour. Designing and making press tools for the thriving Plymouth Manufacturing economy, he grew organically reinvesting year on year to expand the capabilities both in skilled toolmakers and equipment.

The portfolio of services expanded when investment in a couple of Power Presses allowed us to produce the pressed parts from the tools he had previously manufactured.

Three factory moves and two extensions later, along with the acquisition of a sheet metal fabrication business in the 1980’s had broadened our services to a wide range of industries including the world of retail, furniture and bespoke sheetmetal enclosures.

The business is now run by his youngest daughter Karen Friendship who started off life as a Civil/Structural Engineer and now heads the team of 40. 

 

This autobiography was published to celebrate our 45th anniversary in business.  Click on the cover below to read more.

 

Some of the kind words of congratulation we have received:

"I have had a browse through it and I really am very impressed with the story so far. The hard work that you and your family have put into Aldermans currently and previously has clearly been adopted to create this book, and it portrays your family business fantastically well.  It is a pleasure for us to be a supplier to Aldermans."

"Many congratulations to you and your family on reaching such a significant milestone as your 45th anniversary. Thank you very much for the booklet, I enjoyed reading the Aldermans story and seeing so many familiar company names and faces from Plymouth's manufacturing community both past and present. I am sure that you must be very proud to now be the head of a company with such a rich history.  Please pass on my congratulations to your Dad and the rest of your family for achieving such success in what I know only too well is a very tough business!"

"I received your 45-year celebratory book today! Thank you, it looks very good and very interesting. Many congratulations to you all!"

"Congratulations on your 45 years' trading. I shall enjoy reading the book as I am second generation in our business as well."

"Many congratulations on Aldermans 45th! Thank you for the book - it does you all great credit."