Black Country law firm George Green LLP has advised on the acquisition of a Manchester foundry by a Black Country castings and engineering company – helping save 200 jobs.

Matt Hyland, corporate partner at Cradley Heath-based George Green, advised nearby Westley Group on its acquisition of the former Mather & Platt stainless steel foundry in Newton Heath, East Manchester, from Weir Group plc.

Immortalised by LS Lowry in the Salford artist’s 1943 painting Going to Work, the plant had been known as Weir Foundry, after it was bought by Weir Group, but is now reverting to its traditional name of Mathers Foundry.

The foundry makes high integrity cast components and complex alloy products in duplex, super duplex, and ZERON cast alloys for the oil, gas, pump and valve industry.