We’ve got three centuries of history to be proud of, beginning in 1849 at Bank Street Ironmongery in Braintree. Without moving far from our original roots, we’ve become a global business with a reputation for the best in quality steel windows. Take a look along our timeline at the way in which we’ve grown and become the successful business that we are today.
Francis Berrington Crittall arrives in Braintree and buys Bank Street ironmongery.
Francis Henry Crittall born.
Death of F.B. Crittall
F. H. Crittall takes over the business from his brother.
Valentine George Crittall born. First metal windows manufactured by F. H. Crittall – Public Record Office, Houses of Parliament.
Crittall Manufacturing Co. Ltd incorporated.
Manor Street Works built.
Fenestra joint introduced by Crittall.
Crittall operate Detroit Steel Product Co. – first steel window factory in the US.
Crittall Universal Range of sections introduced.
John Francis Crittall born.
First World War: munitions production by Crittall.
Manufacturing agreement with Braat, Belgium.
Witham Works started. First standard metal windows produced for Government Housing Scheme.
Subsidiary formed CMC South Africa with Associated Engineers Ltd.
Crittall Manufacturing Co. (India) Ltd Incorporated.
Partnership entered in Melbourne, Australia.
CMC (NZ) Ltd Incorporated. Silver End Village and Works started.
Fenestra Crittall CG Joint Stock Co. formed, Dusseldorf, Germany
Purchase of Standard Steel Window Co. of Washington DC. USA.
Crittall Manufacturing Co of China formed in partnership with the Shanghai Co.
Death of F. H. Crittall.
First galvanising plant started at Witham.
Second World War: munitions produced by Crittall.
Sir Valentine Crittall created Lord Braintree.
Crittall manufacture aluminium windows and curtain walling.
Crittall Hope Nigeria Limited formed.
Death of Lord Braintree.
Crittall Corporate W20 Range of sections introduced. Crittall developed science of pressure chamber weather performance testing – literature – led to Standards used today in UK.
Merger with Henry Hope and Sons Ltd: Crittall-Hope created.
Takeover of Crittall-Hope by Slater Walker Securities.
Crittall-Hope acquired by Norcros Ltd. Crittall Windows Limited Braintree and Witham created.
Retirement of J. F. Crittall ends family participation in Crittalls.
Crittall first polyester powder coating on galvanised steel windows.
50 millionth steel window produced.
Death of J. F. Crittall.
Crittall moved to new offices/factory in Braintree.
Crittall Corporate 2000 Range of steel sections introduced.
Apax Venture Capital acquire Crittall Windows Ltd.
Marmon Corporation of Chicago acquire Crittall Windows Ltd. Crittall Berkeley Range of steel sections introduced for Yale University USA.
Laurel Holdings acquire Crittall Windows Ltd.
Management buyout of Crittall Windows Ltd.
Crittall move to new offices/factory in Witham.
Crittall receive the Queen's Award for Enterprise (International Trade)