The current managing director Gary Breeden, on a farm situated in the Rye, Eaton Bray, founded GRF Engineering in 1978. Working evenings and weekends the business was built up until it could sustain a full time employee.
On New Year’s Eve 1980 the business was relocated to a 1500 square foot unit in Hartley Road, Luton, with one full time employee. Boss Trucks was the first main customer, a forklift manufacturer in Leighton Buzzard.
The company became a limited company on 10th November 1982. The business steadily grew, and as the market place grew more competitive and batch sizes increased, the emphasis changed from manual lathes and mills to CNC machines.
The early nineties saw the introduction of welding and fabrication along with sub assembly work for a major shop fitting company.
Expansion at Hartley Road was curtailed, as there were no more buildings available to rent locally and new premises had to be found.
In August 1996 GRF moved to its current 10,000 sq ft site at Bilton Way.
The trend of outsourcing assemblies by Boss saw the need for a second unit to produce axles. This remained for two years until the closure of the Boss plant. Truck production was relocated to Jungheinrich in Germany and axle production for those models continued until June 2012.
GRF Engineering achieved BS5750 in 1990, upgraded to ISO 9002 in the mid-1990s, ISO 9001/2000 in 2000 and currently ISO 9001
With consideration for the environment in mind ISO 14001 was achieved in 2008.
In 2014 in order to accommodate the expanding welding side of the business and a contract to build lighting towers, more space was required.
The assembly, welding and finished goods were moved to a 10,000 sq foot building at unit 29 Bilton Way, the CNC shop remained at Unit 18 Bilton Way.
As the welding side of the business continued to grow and with guidance from major customers, a Factory Production Control system in accordance with EN1090-1 from BSI, cert no 0086-CPR-651345 was awarded by the BSI, this allowed CE marking of products to EXC 2.
In 2018 ISO 18001 was gained as recognition for our efforts in providing a safe working environment for all our employees.
GRF Engineering currently works a double day shift producing parts for a wide range of industries including, industrial machines, agriculture, shop fitting, automotive, hydraulics and construction.
Today GRF produces a wide range of machined components, using the latest machine tool technology, fabricated components in both MIG and TIG welding, in both mild and stainless steel and mechanical assemblies using all of our in house processes, or free issue components.