Former Fisher Alvin Managing Director Harry Groom celebrated his 95th birthday last week. Harry joined Fisher Alvin in October of 1953 after serving in the British Army in Burma.
Originally a customer of Fisher Alvin, Harry would travel to Birmingham regularly to buy Drinking Bowls for his employer, a milking machine company based in Somerset. The then owner of Fisher Foundries, established in 1912, took a shine to Harry and realised his potential so set about persuading him to join the company, eventually working his way up to Managing Director of what would become Fisher Alvin.
During his time as MD, Harry employed well over 100 people in Sparkhill, Birmingham and oversaw the transition of coke burning cuploas to electric furnaces – melting thousands of tonnes of iron and brass until 2002. Harry introduced the Alvin Key Clamp range of products in the 1960’s – a major milestone in Fisher Alvin’s history as key clamps now account for the majority of our sales and are an integral part of our other product ranges like Roof Edge Protection and Handrail Kits.
Harry’s Son, Son in Law and current MD Andy, his Grandson, have all had the pleasure of working alongside Harry as he continued working for the company until retiring in 2002 at the age of 82. Harry’s Great Grandson Jack is now an apprentice at Fisher Alvin and is looking forward to following in his Great Grandad’s footsteps by becoming another pioneer in its history.
All of us at Fisher Alvin would like to wish Harry a very Happy 95th Birthday!