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History of Winder Power

History

At Winder Power we have tremendous history. After forming over one hundred years ago, we moved to our current premises in 2008. We have a modern factory covering 80,000 square feet, and have first-class employees who are committed to putting customers at the heart of capital to businesses in England and Wales. We have a wide range of customers in the utility, renewable energy and industrial sectors. We employ one hundred people and are proud to have our base in the heart of West Yorkshire.

We specialise in four offerings:

  • The design, manufacture and testing of power and distribution transformers of all classes up to 60MVA at 66kV.

  • A full refurbishment and re-manufacture of power and distribution transformers up to 90MVA.

  • Substation works including transformer diagnostics, servicing and installation. We also offer a range of high-voltage electrical contracting services for all electrical apparatus.

  • The design and manufacture of power generation equipment and components.

Below is a brief timeline of Winder Power history from our origins over 100 years ago to where we are today:-

2012 – Management Buyout

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Andy Pinkney, Jo Evans, Laurence MacKenzie and Paul Matthews led a second management buyout backed by Enterprise Ventures and Harry McCracken.

2008 – A move to fantastic new premises

In 2008 Winder Power moved to newer and larger premises in Stanningley, just around the corner from its previous home but another world away in terms of facilities. This move brought a new dimension to the company’s capabilities and also to its commitment to customer service.

The new headquarters provided enhanced facilities for continued growth of its power and distribution transformer business for utilities transportation and industry.

The new premises nearly doubles Winder Power’s manufacturing capability, offering larger crane facilities, room for a new test laboratory and provided a more efficient office environment for the growing  design, sales and business support teams.

Manufacturing space was also increase, which enhanced productivity.

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2005 – First management buy-out

Winder Power Transformer ManufacturingThe company underwent a management buy-out, which installed a senior management team and a new chairman at the head of the business with the aim of taking Winder to the next level in terms of growth, services offered and utility contracts won. This was a highly successful team that created a strong platform to develop and focus the business.

 

2004 – First utility term contract

The company secured a three year deal with Northern Ireland Electricity for the design, manufacture and supply of power transformers in a variety of capacities, from 6.25MVA through to 25MVA. The company has since been very successful in winning long term contracts with other electricity network owners.

 

1981 – Winder Power & Leeds United

Leeds RFW shirt 1982In 1981 Winder Power, or RF Winder as it was styled then, was the first main shirt sponsor of Leeds United, and it was the period that brought the company to the attention of the wider local community. The sponsorship package at the time cost around £40,000, which is the equivalent of £120,000 in today’s money!

You can see the shirt design below, and if you are really keen you can purchase one of the original shirts on the website vintagefootballshirts.com – for £110!

1970s

Winder Power Transormer Manufacturing

At this stage in the company’s development, the business covered a wide range of services and mainly focused on motors.

Winder Power was manufacturing new transformers but only small units.

1960s

Throughout the 1960s the company was heavily involved in electrical contracting work such as wiring factories and buildings, with a team of 50 people producing this kind of work.

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