Our History
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Our History

Supporting our customers to create safe working environments since 1981

The company was founded in 1981 by owner and Chairman Michael O’Hara.

Starting operations from our now longest serving Depot in Astley Manchester, Michael imported German designed proprietary shoring products and began trading as MGF (Trench Construction Systems) Ltd in the UK.

The company name MGF, is actually the literal translation from our German heritage meaning Machines and Appliances of the Ground from Fernthal – Fernthal being the region where the products were manufactured originally.

In 1982 Michael and his small team began to manufacture their own products from the Astley Depot, expanding the product range to manhole bracesdrag boxes, walers and cylinders and mechanical 200 series struts.

In 1990 we were operating across the North West and expanded into the Midlands to further service our growing customer base. We based our service on a ‘can do’ attitude from day one, placing our customer at the centre of operations – as such we expanded to meet demand opening Depots in Yorkshire, Durham and Bristol throughout the 90’s.

Our manufacturing facilities continued to expand as our hire fleet grew and in 2003 we opened our now Head Office location and dedicated manufacturing facility in Wigan moving all of our support functions into one location to better service our operational Depots throughout England.

Our product range has steadily grown through in-house design and manufacture to take us into new markets and locations, including Tring and Dartford, Exeter and most recently East Anglia.

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