C Brown - Over 60 years. Established 1946 In 1946 Mr Cecil Brown left his position as Sales Manager with a well known steel stockholder to start his own company. The business commenced selling steel from a small bedroom in his house, soon moving to a small yard at Old Hill, in the heart of the Black Country. This was soon outgrown and a move to a larger yard in Peartree Lane, Dudley was required.

In 1952 a larger premises was purchased in Peartree Lane and purpose built buildings were constructed to accommodate the ever growing business.

In 1958 the founders oldest son Roy, joined the company and he was soon followed by his two brothers Graham and Roger. In 1977 his daughter Susan, joined the ever expanding company.

It was during this period that the company commenced operations in Shearing, Cold Flattening and Flame Cut Profiling.

Most notably in 1969 the company became one of the first independent Stockholders in the country to install dedicated Heavy Strip Mill facilities and purchased its first heavy Strip Mill decoiler.

In 1978 the business constructed its current headquarters, "Cochrane House", a 35,000 sq. metre purpose built Strip Mill processing Centre on Pedmore Road, Dudley, West Midlands. This was followed in 1979 by the commissioning of a bespoke Heavy Decoiling Strip Mill plate line with a capacity of 2000 x 15mm. Soon after two further Strip Mill Decoiling plate lines were also installed on this site.

The early 1980's saw the purchase of additional premises in Peartree Lane, and further development took place. It was here that the Profile Department was re-sited and continued to develop with the introduction of plasma and laser cutting in the 1990's.

In 1998, the company continued to diversify by commissioning a Multi-strand blanking line located at Cochrane House.

Due to changing market conditions the company consolidated a number of operations during 2004 and now continues to concentrate its business in Strip Mill processing, General Steels, Flame Cutting and Laser Cutting.

November 2005 saw the third generation of the Brown family taking ownership and control of the company. Since this time the business has continued to develop and provide the industry with high quality products and service.