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 adminstrators 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.”