Two of Willenhall's family-run lock companies have merged as part of a corporate tidy-up exercise.
Keys of Steel and Willenhall Locks have come together in a major restructuring of the Sambrook family's interests.
Keys of Steel was founded in 1952 by the current managing director's grandfather, Thomas Sambrook, to produce keys for the lock industry. Willenhall Locks was formed in 1959 by Thomas's son Derek, who became chairman of both.
Willenhall Locks went on to acquire the Lionheart range of decorative hardware which became a separate hardware division operating under the brand name of Nostalgia.
Keys of Steel is acquiring both Willenhall Locks and its hardware division in a shareholding simplification involving the extended family.
The two companies will operate as Keys of Steel and will be based at Willenhall Locks factory in Stringes Lane, Willenhall.
No money has changed hands as part of the re-organisation.
The strong family structure at Keys of Steel remains in place with Mr Sambrook as chairman, his sons David as managing director and Ian as works director, and Derek's nephew Stephen Hyde as sales and marketing director.
They are also members of the board.
The company employs 75 skilled staff - a number of whom are related to the original company employees.
Lichfield law firm Keelys undertook the legal work.
John Primmer, partner and head of Keely's corporate department and corporate solicitor Hitesh Punjani acted for Keys of Steel.
The Wolverhampton office of accountants Haines Watts advised on the tax issues.
Mr Primmer said: "Keys of Steel is a wonderful example of a successfully run independent family company which retains the traditional skills of the key and locksmith to manufacture a wide range of keyblanks, cut keys, mortice and specialist locks.
" The two companies already had an impressive history of organic growth and growth through acquisition including names such as Thomas Poole, Worrall Locks and Hope Works up to the acquisition last year of the Cassey range of industrial door products."