Black Country presswork firm BC Barton & Son has collapsed after more than 110 years of trading.
The Oldbury-based firm, established in 1898 by Benjamin Charles Barton and his son Percival, called in administrators from Baker Tilly Restructuring and Recovery on November 23.
Nine of the firm’s 45 members of staff have been made redundant, administrators Guy Mander and Graham Bushby revealed.
The company, which specialises in traditional presswork, welded fabrication and sheet metal manipulation, continues to trade as a buyer is sought.
Mr Mander said the business had suffered in the recession as a result of the depressed construction and civil engineering markets which led to a reduction in turnover.
He said: “The company has an established reputation for quality and good service; it also had a number of interesting projects in the pipeline which did not come to fruition in time.
“We are continuing to trade the business with a view to a restructuring of the company or sale of the business as a going concern.
“Regrettably, following an initial review of the company’s operations we have had to make nine employees redundant.
“Our team has been assisting those employees in order that their claims can be processed as efficiently as possible.”
The company was involved in the construction, scaffolding, materials handling, defence and telecoms sectors.
It had been a part of Black Country business since 1898, starting out in metal work and contract manufacturing and becoming a specialist in traditional presswork, welded fabrication and sheet metal manipulation.
Over the years the company has manufactured for the likes of Ford Motor Company, SGB, Mabey, British Telecom and RMD Kwikform.
In recent years, the company has established ties with China, and has a factory on the outskirts of Shanghai.
The company’s website states: “The 10-year trading partnerships we have forged with our colleagues in China have afforded us the ability to offer our clients a ‘dual capacity manufacturing’ service.
“This gives us the advantage of manufacturing more complicated products and special items in Britain, and manufacturing repeat and volume products in China.
“This has brought us to a point today where our presence in China over the last 10 years has resulted in a large network of contacts and its own joint venture factory.”
The joint administrators said they are continuing to trade business and contacts should be made through the usual channels.