AN ENGINEERING company has celebrated its 40th birthday.
Mildenhall-based JEB Engineering, which employs nearly 150 people in the town – including five apprentices each year – held a party to celebrate the landmark occasion.
JEB Engineering was established in 1972 by Barry Littlewood, Eric Bone, and John James.
The business had humble beginnings with the three men designing and building metal stamping tools in a shed a few evenings a week.
In September 1972, trade began to take off and now its says you are never more than 5m away from kettle controls made by the company.
JBB has expanded and has manufacturing facilities in Hampstead Avenue and a training centre in Chiswick Avenue.
Two subsidiary companies have also been brought under the company’s umbrella, JEB Tooling Ltd, based in Lancashire, and Bihler UK Ltd, providing tooling, spares and repairs for Bihler presses.
The celebration of the company’s 40 years of success took place at Mildenhall Cricket Club and was attended by 200 people.
Managing director Mark Isaacson and director Maxine Nordmeyer presented founder Barry Littlewood with a set of gold-plated conversions, made by the firm, and a crystal plaque.