Our History

A History of Expertise

Whilst parts of our business are relatively new, others have a rich history stretching back over 150 years.

Josiah and Benjamin Gimson started an engineering business in 1842 in Leicester. In the early years the principal product of the firm was braid machinery for the elastic web trade. Gimson’s also advertised as brassfounders, millwrights and manufacturers of machinery.

In 1880 about 350 workers were employed making goods ranging from large engines and boilers to small metal components for local industry. In 1887 Gimson’s were awarded the contract for the supply and erection of the four beam engines, complete with eight boilers and associated machinery, at the Abbey Park Sewage Works, Leicester, built in 1891.

By 1904 the company was advertising engines, boilers, shafting and gearing, machinery for use in the brewing trade, builder’s ironware, boot and shoe and elastic web machinery. Passenger lifts, goods lifts and hoists were also made, a development which was to become a staple product of the firm.

Throughout its long and illustrious history, Gimson’s has undergone several name changes and owners before becoming part of the Express Elevator Group.

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